Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Unhealthy Body Change in Women

Mussap, Alexander 2007, Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Unhealthy Body Change in Women, Sex roles, vol. 56, no. 1-2, pp. 33-43, doi: 10.1007/s11199-006-9144-6.

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Title Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Unhealthy Body Change in Women
Author(s) Mussap, AlexanderORCID iD for Mussap, Alexander orcid.org/0000-0003-1290-3680
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 56
Issue number 1-2
Start page 33
End page 43
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2007-01
ISSN 0360-0025
Keyword(s) women
body image
waist-to-hip ratio
unhealthy body change
disordered eating
Summary The role of waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) in unhealthy body change was examined in a sample of 143 women university students. They completed the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q), reported their level of concern with weight and with WHR, and used unmarked measuring tapes to record their subjective (self-perceived), ideal, and objective (measured) waist and hip circumference. Although body shape was reported as important, and concern with WHR correlated significantly with symptoms of disordered eating, the relationships involving WHR were not independent of those involving body weight. Thus, there appears to be little behavioural and/or clinical significance in the aesthetic evaluations made by women of their WHR. Reasons for this are considered in light of evidence that women regard WHR as more difficult to control and less amenable to change than their overall body weight.
Notes Published online: 10 January 2007
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11199-006-9144-6
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Springer Science + Business Media
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