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J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2003 Dec;16(6):349-54.

Different shapes in different cultures: body dissatisfaction, overweight, and obesity in African-American and caucasian females.

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Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229, USA. Justina.Padgett@cchmc.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Body dissatisfaction and medical issues arising at both ends of the weight continuum are discussed from a cultural perspective. More specifically, a possible aesthetic preference and physical tolerance for increased adiposity among African-American females is discussed, as contrasted with that of Caucasian females.

CONCLUSION:

This mini-review of the existing literature suggests many avenues for future research in the cross-cultural aspects of body dissatisfaction, overweight, and obesity. Among these suggestions are (1) educating children and adolescents about excessive weight, (2) assessing cultural perceptions of overweight and obesity among African-Americans, (3) understanding the developmental trajectory of body dissatisfaction in females, and (4) placing more emphasis on the cross-cultural representation and psychological influence of the female body image in the media.

PMID:
14642955
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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