Studies on Body Image, Eating, and Weight in Models, Dancers, and Aesthetic Athletes

  title={Studies on Body Image, Eating, and Weight in Models, Dancers, and Aesthetic Athletes},
  author={Rita Francisco},
Fashion models, dancers, and aesthetic athletes are considered high-risk groups for the development of body image concerns and eating disorders. In all these aesthetic activities, physical appearance is seen as fundamental and lean bodies are required. Therefore, these contexts are considered subcultures in which social pressures to be thin are reinforced. 

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