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The role of cultural values and religion on views of body size and eating practices among adolescents from Fiji, Tonga and Australia

McCabe, Marita P., Waqa, Gade, Dev, Anjileena, Cama, Tilema and Swinburn, Boyd A. 2013, The role of cultural values and religion on views of body size and eating practices among adolescents from Fiji, Tonga and Australia, British journal of health psychology, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 383-394, doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02090.x.

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Title The role of cultural values and religion on views of body size and eating practices among adolescents from Fiji, Tonga and Australia
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Waqa, Gade
Dev, Anjileena
Cama, Tilema
Swinburn, Boyd A.
Journal name British journal of health psychology
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 383
End page 394
Total pages 12
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-05
ISSN 1359-107X
2044-8287
Keyword(s) body image
eating practices
Western societies
non-Western societies
Fijian
Tongan
Indo-Fijian
Australian
cultural values
religions values
Summary Objectives This study investigated cultural values related to body image and eating practices in Western and non-Western societies.

Design and Methods In total, 628 Fijian, 463 Indo-Fijian, 598 Tongan, and 534 Australian adolescents completed measures of cultural values and religious influences in relation to the ideal body and eating practices.

Results Fijian and Tongan adolescents were more likely to value a large body. Religious influences were most strongly associated with eating practices for Fijians, Indo-Fijians, and Tongans.

Conclusions The findings support the role of religion in transmitting cultural values regarding eating practices in Pacific Island communities.

Statement of contribution
What is already known on this subject? Previous research has demonstrated that sociocultural factors shape body image and eating behaviours. Most of this research has been conducted in Western countries.

What does this study add? The current study identifies the role of cultural values and religious influences on body image and eating behaviours in a number of different cultural groups. This is the first study to use the same methodology to explore these relationships across Western and Pacific Island communities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02090.x
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052038

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