Journal of Exercise Physiology
The objective of this study was to identify similarities and differences between college women and men with respect to their eating and body image concerns, weight fluctuation and level of motivation to resolve these concerns. 101 University of Dayton students participated in this study. Students completed an eating and body concern survey online.
Body image concerns were significantly greater for females compared to males (p=0.007) and significantly greater as motivation level to resolve the concerns increased (p=0.019). Eating concerns followed the same trends but did not reach statistical significance. Weight fluctuation in both genders increased significantly as motivation level increased (p=0.047). Important eating and body image concerns exist in college students with higher levels of concern being paired with higher levels of motivation to resolve them. Body image concerns are significantly different between genders whereas eating concerns are not.
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Merriman, Harold L.; Brahler, C. Jayne; Dinan, Laura; and Finzer, Lauren, "Gender Differences in Motivation to Resolve Eating and Body Image Concerns in College Students" (2008). Physical Therapy Faculty Publications. 38.
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