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Keywords:

  • thin ideal internalization;
  • Mexican girls;
  • sociocultural model;
  • familism;
  • body image

Abstract

Objective:

We examined the influence of thin ideal internalization on body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in Mexican girls.

Method:

We sampled 137 public school girls aged 12–15 from a small city in Mexico. Participants were given Spanish versions of the sociocultural attitudes toward appearance scale, two measures of body dissatisfaction, the eating attitudes test, and the attitudinal familism scale.

Results:

Thin ideal internalization mediated the relationship between thin ideal awareness and body dissatisfaction, and the relationship between thin ideal awareness and eating disorder symptoms. Attitudinal familism was negatively correlated with thin ideal internalization for girls outside of the normal weight range.

Conclusion:

Mexican girls are at risk of eating disorder symptoms, and there is support for the sociocultural model of disordered eating in this population. Hispanic family values may mark protection from thin ideal internalization in Mexican girls outside of the normal weight range. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008