The attractive female body weight and female body dissatisfaction in 26 countries across 10 world regions : results of the international body project 1

Swami, Viren, Frederick, David A., Aavik, Toivo, Alcalay, Lidia, Allik, Juri, Anderson, Donna, Andrianto, Sonny, Arvind, Arora, Brannstrom, Ake, Cunningham, John, Danel, Dariusz, Doroszewicz, Krystyna, Forbes, Gordon B., Furnham, Adrian, Greven, Corina U., Halberstadt, Jamin, Hao, Shuang, Haubner, Tanja, Hwang, Choon Sup, Inman, Mary, Jaafar, Jas Laile, Johannsson, Jacob, Jung, Jaehee, Keser, Askin, Kretzschmar, Uta, Lachenicht, Lance, Li, Norman P., Locke, Kenneth, Lonnqvist, Jan-Erik, Lopex, Christy, Loutzenhiser, Lynn, Maisel, Natalya C., McCabe, Marita P., McCreary, Donald R., McKibbin, William F., Mussap, Alex, Neto, Felix, Nowell, Carly, Alampay, Liane Pena, Pillai, Subash K., Pokrajac-Bulian, Alessandra, Proyer, Rene T., Quintelier, Katinka, Ricciardelli, Lina A., Rozmus-Wrzesinska, Malgorzata, Ruch, Willibald, Russo, Timothy, Schutz, Astrid, Shackelford, Todd K., Shashidharan, Sheeba, Simonetti, Franco, Sinniah, Dhachayani, Swami, Mira, Vandermassen, Griet, van Duynslaeger, Marijke, Verkasalo, Markku, Voracek, Martin, Yee, Curtis K., Zhang, Echo Xian, Zhang, Xiaoying and Zivcic-Becirevic, Ivanka 2010, The attractive female body weight and female body dissatisfaction in 26 countries across 10 world regions : results of the international body project 1, Personality and social psychology bulletin, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 309-325, doi: 10.1177/0146167209359702.

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Title The attractive female body weight and female body dissatisfaction in 26 countries across 10 world regions : results of the international body project 1
Author(s) Swami, Viren
Frederick, David A.
Aavik, Toivo
Alcalay, Lidia
Allik, Juri
Anderson, Donna
Andrianto, Sonny
Arvind, Arora
Brannstrom, Ake
Cunningham, John
Danel, Dariusz
Doroszewicz, Krystyna
Forbes, Gordon B.
Furnham, Adrian
Greven, Corina U.
Halberstadt, Jamin
Hao, Shuang
Haubner, Tanja
Hwang, Choon Sup
Inman, Mary
Jaafar, Jas Laile
Johannsson, Jacob
Jung, Jaehee
Keser, Askin
Kretzschmar, Uta
Lachenicht, Lance
Li, Norman P.
Locke, Kenneth
Lonnqvist, Jan-Erik
Lopex, Christy
Loutzenhiser, Lynn
Maisel, Natalya C.
McCabe, Marita P.
McCreary, Donald R.
McKibbin, William F.
Mussap, AlexORCID iD for Mussap, Alex
Neto, Felix
Nowell, Carly
Alampay, Liane Pena
Pillai, Subash K.
Pokrajac-Bulian, Alessandra
Proyer, Rene T.
Quintelier, Katinka
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Rozmus-Wrzesinska, Malgorzata
Ruch, Willibald
Russo, Timothy
Schutz, Astrid
Shackelford, Todd K.
Shashidharan, Sheeba
Simonetti, Franco
Sinniah, Dhachayani
Swami, Mira
Vandermassen, Griet
van Duynslaeger, Marijke
Verkasalo, Markku
Voracek, Martin
Yee, Curtis K.
Zhang, Echo Xian
Zhang, Xiaoying
Zivcic-Becirevic, Ivanka
Journal name Personality and social psychology bulletin
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 309
End page 325
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 0146-1672
Keyword(s) body weight
body dissatisfaction
socioeconomic differences
International Body Project
Summary This study reports results from the first International Body Project (IBP-I), which surveyed 7,434 individuals in 10 major world regions about body weight ideals and body dissatisfaction. Participants completed the female Contour Drawing Figure Rating Scale (CDFRS) and self-reported their exposure to Western and local media. Results indicated there were significant cross-regional differences in the ideal female figure and body dissatisfaction, but effect sizes were small across highsocioeconomic-status (SES) sites. Within cultures, heavier bodies were preferred in low-SES sites compared to high-SES sites in Malaysia and South Africa (ds = 1.94-2.49) but not in Austria. Participant age, body mass index (BMI), and Western media exposure predicted body weight ideals. BMI and Western media exposure predicted body dissatisfaction among women. Our results show that body dissatisfaction and desire for thinness is commonplace in high-SES settings across world regions, highlighting the need for international attention to this problem.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0146167209359702
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
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
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