Feminist identity, body image, and disordered eating

Hannah M. Borowsky, Marla E. Eisenberg, Michaela M. Bucchianeri, Niva Piran, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

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ABSTRACT: Using data from a community-based sample (Project EAT-III), this study (N = 1241; mean age = 25.2) examined the relationship of feminist identity with body image and disordered eating. Feminist-identified women reported significantly higher body satisfaction than non-feminist women and women who did not identify as feminists but held feminist beliefs. However, feminist-identified women did not differ from non-feminist women in disordered eating. Women holding feminist beliefs and non-feminist women did not differ in body satisfaction. Our findings suggest that self-identification as a feminist may promote positive body image in young adult women, but may be insufficient to change behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-311
Number of pages15
JournalEating disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 7 2016

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