Body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating in black and white women
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 342–350, April 2003
How to Cite
Perez, M. and Joiner, T. E. (2003), Body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating in black and white women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 33: 342–350. doi: 10.1002/eat.10148
- Issue published online: 19 MAR 2003
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 MAY 2002
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This study predicted and found that body image dissatisfaction and bulimic symptoms have a curvilinear relationship among undergraduate women.
For the women in this sample, regardless of race, body image dissatisfaction correlated with bulimic symptoms, such that women who perceived themselves as bigger or smaller than the ideal body size for their ethnic group endorsed bulimic symptoms. Black and white women differed regarding their ethnic group's ideal body image and their self-perceptions of how they compared with the ideal image. Black women tended to report being underweight, whereas white women tended to report being overweight.
The findings in this study suggest that some black women are not buffered against eating disorders as suggested in previous research. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 33: 342–350, 2003.