Body dissatisfaction and pathogenic weight loss behaviors among Iranian women with different level of physical activity

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Body dissatisfaction is becoming increasingly pervasive in the developing non-Western countries such as Iran; however, there exists a lack of research investigating the factors associated with these problems. The current study examined body dissatisfaction, social pressure, and weight loss behaviors and the relationships between these variables. Our data collected from 711 women; elite athletes (non-lean sport) (N = 211), non-elite athletes (N= 93) and non-athletes (N = 407) in Iran by employing a Photographic Figure Rating Scale (PFRS) and a questionnaire of pathogenic weight loss behaviors. Non-athletes reported greater body dissatisfaction, social pressure to change weight and pathogenic weight loss behaviors than the other groups. Body dissatisfaction was predicted by pressure from family and friends to change weight and followed by BMI in 3 groups. Body dissatisfaction was also positively correlated with pathogenic weight loss behaviors. Our results showed that non-athletes women experience greater body dissatisfaction, social pressure than elite athletes and non-elite athletes.

Nemati, D. (2018, January 4). Body dissatisfaction and pathogenic weight loss behaviors among Iranian women with different level of physical activity. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6x9as


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