Body dissatisfaction: An overlooked public health concern

Michaela M. Bucchianeri, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

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Abstract

Purpose: In contrast to the attention it has received in related fields of research, body image has remained understudied within the field of public health. This is highly problematic, given a growing body of evidence implicating body dissatisfaction in a range of other public health concerns. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: This commentary is based on a review of the public health, body image, eating disorder, and mental health literatures. Findings: Body dissatisfaction is implicated in a range of public health concerns, including impaired psychological health (e.g. depression) and eating- and weight-related problems (e.g. eating disorders, obesity). Originality/value: Given these associations, as well as the high levels of body dissatisfaction in the population, the authors argue for a critical need to address the prevalence of body image concerns as a public health issue worthy of greater consideration within programs and policies; dedicated funding for research on antecedents, consequences, and intervention strategies; and allocated resources for training.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages64-69
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Public Health
Body Image
Research
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Body Dysmorphic Disorders
Mental Health
Obesity
Eating
Depression
Psychology
Weights and Measures
Health
Population

Keywords

  • Disordered eating
  • Eating disorder
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Health policy
  • Health promotion
  • Mental health

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Body dissatisfaction : An overlooked public health concern. / Bucchianeri, Michaela M.; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne.

In: Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 13, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 64-69.

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