Reading magazine articles about dieting and associated weight control behaviors among adolescents

Jennifer Utter, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Melanie Wall, Mary Story

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Abstract

The purpose was to examine the sociodemographic characteristics of adolescents who read magazine articles about dieting/weight loss and the relationship between reading these types of magazine articles and psychosocial well-being and weight control behaviors. Dieting-related magazine exposure was associated with indicators of psychosocial distress and unhealthy dieting; interventions that address media consumption should reach out to all youth regardless of ethnic and social backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Body image
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Gender differences
  • Magazines
  • Media

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