The Effects of Gender and Family, Friend, and Media Influences on Eating Behaviors and Body Image During Adolescence

  title={The Effects of Gender and Family, Friend, and Media Influences on Eating Behaviors and Body Image During Adolescence},
  author={Rheanna N. Ata and Alison Bryant Ludden and Mary Margaret Lally},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
The current study expands upon body image research to examine how gender, self-esteem, social support, teasing, and family, friend, and media pressures relate to body image and eating-related attitudes and behaviors among male and female adolescents (N = 177). Results indicated that adolescents were dissatisfied with their current bodies: males were concerned with increasing their upper body, whereas females wanted to decrease the overall size of their body. Low self-esteem and social support… 

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