The associations of sociocultural attitudes towards appearance with body dissatisfaction and eating behaviors in Hong Kong adolescents

Ching-Man LAI, Kwok-Kei MAK, S. Joyce PANG, Shirley Siu Ming FONG, C. M. Roger HO, S. Georgia GULDAN

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Abstract

Objectives: Western culture has great influences on body dissatisfaction and related eating behaviors in adolescents. This study aimed to assess the sociocultural influences on eating attitudes and motivations among Hong Kong Chinese adolescents. Methods: In 2007, 909 adolescents (mean age = 14.7 years, 55.3% boys) completed a survey with Stunkard's Figure Rating Scale (FRS), Motivation for Eating Scale (MFES), Eating Attitudes Test (EAT), Revised Restraint Scale (RRS), and Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Scale (SATAQ). In addition, their body mass index (BMI) was objectively measured. Results: Our results indicated that Hong Kong adolescents, particularly girls exhibited a remarked level of body dissatisfaction, external, emotional, restrained and disordered eating behaviors. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that age, sex and BMI were the most common contributing factors to individual eating styles. SATAQ significantly accounted for an additional variance of body dissatisfaction (2%), physical eating (2%), external eating (1%), emotional eating (3%), restrained eating (5%), and disordered eating (5%). Conclusions: In Hong Kong, the sociocultural influences on body image and eating disturbance were supported. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-324
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume14
Issue number3
Early online dateMay 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

Citation

Lai, C.-M., Mak, K.-K., Pang, J. S., Fong, S. S. M., Ho, R. C. M., & Guldan, G. S. (2013). The associations of sociocultural attitudes towards appearance with body dissatisfaction and eating behaviors in Hong Kong adolescents. Eating Behaviors, 14(3), 320-324.

Keywords

  • Sociocultural attitudes
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Motivations for eating
  • Eating behaviors

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