Relationships between body-shape discrepancies with favored celebrities and disordered eating in young women

Louise Shorter, Stephen L Brown, Stephanie J Quinton, Louise Hinton

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Abstract

Disordered eating is linked to body shapes and images presented in the mass media. Favored celebrities may represent a particularly strong source of influence. We examined cross-sectional relationships between women's disordered eating and their perceptions of body-shape differences with favored celebrities. Women between the ages of 18 and 27 rated personal body shapes alongside those of self-selected favored celebrities. Multivariate analyses showed self/celebrity body-shape discrepancies to be linked to EAT-26 diet, bulimia, and oral control scales independent of personal body-shape and self/ideal discrepancies. For bulimia subscale scores, this relationship was moderated by a more favorable perception of the celebrity relative to the self. Celebrities might be important in creating an unrealistic social comparison standard that contributes to disordered eating.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1364-1377
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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