Journal article

Relationships between body size attitudes and body image of 4-year-old boys and girls, and attitudes of their fathers and mothers

Stephanie R Damiano, Karen J Gregg, Emma C Spiel, Sian A McLean, Eleanor H Wertheim, Susan J Paxton

Journal of Eating Disorders | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Body size attitudes and body image form early in life, and understanding the factors that may be related to the development of such attitudes is important to design effective body dissatisfaction and disordered eating prevention interventions. This study explored how fathers' and mothers' body size attitudes, body dissatisfaction, and dietary restraint are associated with the body size attitudes and body image of their 4-year-old sons and daughters. METHODS: Participants were 279 4-year-old children (46% boys) and their parents. Children were interviewed and parents completed questionnaires assessing their body size attitudes and related behaviours. RESULTS: Socially prescribed s..

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