Participation in aesthetic sports and girls' weight concerns at ages 5 and 7 years
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 312–317, April 2002
How to Cite
Davison, K. K., Earnest, M. B. and Birch, L. L. (2002), Participation in aesthetic sports and girls' weight concerns at ages 5 and 7 years. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 31: 312–317. doi: 10.1002/eat.10043
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2002
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 NOV 2001
- National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: #RO1 HD 32973
- aesthetic sports;
- young girls;
- weight concerns;
- body shape
The relationship between participation in aesthetic, or appearance-oriented, sports and weight concerns was assessed among young girls.
Participants were part of a larger longitudinal study and included 197 and 192 girls and their mothers when girls were 5 and 7 years, respectively. At each age, girls' weight concerns and sport participation were assessed and girls were classified as participating in aesthetic sports (dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, baton twirling, swimming, aerobics, figure skating), non-aesthetic sports (volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, hockey, tennis, martial arts, track) or no sports.
Girls in the aesthetic sport group reported higher weight concerns than girls in the nonaesthetic and no sport groups at ages 5 and 7 years. In addition, girls participating in aesthetic sports at ages 5 and 7 years reported the highest weight concerns at age 7.
Participation in aesthetic, or appearance-oriented, sports may foster a heightened focus on weight and body shape among girls. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord XX: 312–317, 2002; DOI 10.1002/eat.10043