Body image, eating disorders and role of media among Indian adolescents

Singh Mannat M., Parsekar Shradha S., T. V. Bhumika

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Abstract

Background: Undue concern about one’s body image is one of the psychological problems. Body image concerns are on the rise among adolescents and research suggest that it may accumulate even further. Aim: To estimate the proportion of adolescents who have concerns about their body image and to understand the relationship between eating attitudes, media and famous personalities with body image concerns. Methods: Study employed 550 students of pre-university colleges of Udupi taluk, Karnataka, India through multi stage sampling technique. Eating Attitudes Test and Socio-Cultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire were used to collect the data. Data were analyzed using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences version 15.00. Analysis of variance and multinomial logistic regression were performed for analysis. Results: Of the total participants 47.82 % were males. Participants who perceived themselves to be thin and fat were 29.82% and 32.54% correspondingly. Tendency to develop an eating disorder, prevalent among 31.09% participants, and being influenced by famous personalities were found to be significantly associated with body image concerns. Conclusion: Parents, teachers and providers of health care should interact with their kin regarding the ill effects of being excessively concerned about their body structure and dieting. One should not believe anything and everything portrayed through the media. Policies and legislations should be employed to diminish the exposure of possible detrimental media messages on children and adolescent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-35
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016

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Body Dysmorphic Disorders
Body Image
Personality
Eating
Social Sciences
Legislation
Health Personnel
India
Analysis of Variance
Parents
Logistic Models
Fats
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Students
Psychology
Research

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Body image, eating disorders and role of media among Indian adolescents. / Mannat M., Singh; Shradha S., Parsekar; Bhumika, T. V.

In: Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 9-35.

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