Journal article

Sexual Orientation and Weight, Body Image, and Weight Control Practices among Young Australian Women

Anne-Maree Polimeni, S Bryn Austin, Anne M Kavanagh

JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We compare weight, body image, and weight control practices of young adult Australian women according to sexual orientation. METHODS: Cross-sectional analyses of the second survey of 9683 young adult women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH); the weight, weight control practices, and body image of exclusively heterosexual, mainly heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women were compared. RESULTS: Lesbians were less likely to be dissatisfied with their body image (body weight: beta -0.64, 95% CI -1.10- -0.18; body shape: beta -0.83, 95% CI -1.27- -0.40; overall: beta -0.74, 95% CI -1.14- -0.32), to cut down on fats and sugars (OR 0.53, 95% CI 0.34-0.85), a..

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