Preteen boys, body image, and eating disorders

Wright, Jan, Halse, Christine and Levy, Gary 2016, Preteen boys, body image, and eating disorders, Men and masculinities, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 3-21, doi: 10.1177/1097184X15575158.

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Title Preteen boys, body image, and eating disorders
Author(s) Wright, Jan
Halse, Christine
Levy, Gary
Journal name Men and masculinities
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 21
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publicaltions
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1097-184X
Summary In recent years, academic and public attention has increasingly focused on the issue of men’s preoccupation with body image and the increasing incidence of eating disorders among men. Although most of this focus has been on young and adult males, media discourse has tended to extend explanations for men’s aspirations for social body ideals to explanations for eating disorders in young boys. In this article, we take a critical look at the way the boys/body image/eating disorder nexus has been represented in some of the mainstream media. In particular, we propose that the boys/body image/eating disorder nexus has been constituted as a truth that tends to underplay the complexity of the relationship between eating disorders and boys’ dissatisfaction with their bodies, as recognized by researchers and health practitioners, and as evident from our own study of preteen boys diagnosed with an eating disorder. In this article, we use interviews with the six boys and their mothers collected for our study to construct short family biographies. These
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1097184X15575158
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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