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"Thinspiration" vs. "fear of fat". Using prototypes to predict frequent weight-loss dieting in females.
Appetite. 2009 Feb; 52(1):217-21.A

Abstract

This study examined whether frequent weight-loss dieting in females is predominantly a manifestation of being inspired to approach the cultural aesthetic thinness standard, or predominantly of a fear to avoid becoming over-fat. Female volunteers completed questionnaires concerning their perceptions of the prototypical over-fat and thin female, their dieting status and demographic data. Logistic regression analysis indicated that with increasing perceived similarity to the over-fat prototype, the more unfavourable this prototype was perceived to be, the greater the likelihood of engaging in frequent weight-loss dieting. However, similarity to, and the favourability of, the thin prototype did not predict frequent weight-loss dieting. These results suggest that frequent weight-loss dieting is primarily motivated by a desire to avoid an unfavourable over-fat identity, rather than by a desire to acquire the favourable thin identity. The potential consequences for future research and therapeutic interventions are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Groningen, Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS Groningen, The Netherlands. S.E.Dalley@Rug.nlNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18940213

Citation

Dalley, Simon E., and Abraham P. Buunk. ""Thinspiration" Vs. "fear of Fat". Using Prototypes to Predict Frequent Weight-loss Dieting in Females." Appetite, vol. 52, no. 1, 2009, pp. 217-21.
Dalley SE, Buunk AP. "Thinspiration" vs. "fear of fat". Using prototypes to predict frequent weight-loss dieting in females. Appetite. 2009;52(1):217-21.
Dalley, S. E., & Buunk, A. P. (2009). "Thinspiration" vs. "fear of fat". Using prototypes to predict frequent weight-loss dieting in females. Appetite, 52(1), 217-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2008.09.019
Dalley SE, Buunk AP. "Thinspiration" Vs. "fear of Fat". Using Prototypes to Predict Frequent Weight-loss Dieting in Females. Appetite. 2009;52(1):217-21. PubMed PMID: 18940213.
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