The influence of personal relationships on women's eating behaviour and body satisfaction

Sara Murray, S W Touyz, P JV Beaumont

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Abstract

This study examines one possible source of social pressure regarding body shape and weight, and relationships with family, friends, and acquaintances, It compares the reported existence and influence of such pressure in a group of eating disorder patients and a community sample. Female subjects as a whole were significantly more likely than males to report that other persons influenced their body shape- and weight-related attitudes and behaviors, and it appears that females are much more likely than males to receive negative criticism of their bodies. It is suggested that research on the role of personal relationships in both the prevention and treatment of eating disorders may be worthwhile.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-252
Number of pages10
JournalEating Disorders
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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