It's not just a "woman thing:" the current state of normative discontent

Stacey Tantleff-Dunn, Rachel D. Barnes, Gokee Larose Jessica

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This study assessed "normative discontent," the concept that most women experience weight dissatisfaction, as an emerging societal stereotype for women and men (Rodin, Silberstein, & Streigel-Moore, 1984). Participants (N = 472) completed measures of stereotypes, eating disorders, and body image. Normative discontent stereotypes were pervasive for women and men. Endorsing stereotypes varied by sex and participants' own disturbance, with trends towards eating disorder symptomotology being positively correlated with stereotype endorsement. Individuals with higher levels of body image and eating disturbance may normalize their behavior by perceiving that most people share their experiences. Future research needs to test prevention and intervention strategies that incorporate the discrepancies between body image/eating-related stereotypes and reality with focus on preventing normalization of such experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-402
Number of pages11
JournalEating disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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