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Body Image. 2009 Sep;6(4):299-303. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.06.001. Epub 2009 Jul 9.

Body image and body change strategies among adolescent males and females from Fiji, Tonga and Australia.

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School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125 Australia. marita.mccabe@deakin.edu.au

Abstract

The current study was designed to investigate the body image and body change strategies of adolescents from Fiji, Tonga and Australia. Participants were 628 Fijians, 463 Indo-Fijians, 598 Tongans and 535 European Australians. Adolescents completed measures of height, weight, body dissatisfaction, strategies to lose weight, increase weight and increase muscles. The results demonstrated that overweight adolescents were more dissatisfied with their bodies than those who were normal weight. Overweight Fijians and Tongans were more satisfied with their body than Indo-Fijian or Australian adolescents. Tongans, followed by Fijians and Indo-Fijians, were more likely to engage in strategies to lose weight, increase weight and increase muscles. These results are consistent with the focus in Fiji and Tonga on the value of the large body ideal, but may also reflect the recent focus on the attainment of a healthy body size.

PMID:
19592318
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.06.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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