Cultural issues in eating pathology and body image among children and adolescents

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Department of Pediatrics; Department of Psychiatry



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Adolescent; *Body Image; Child; *Culture; Eating Disorders; Ethnic Groups; Female; Humans; Male




Eating pathology and body image issues are now recognized as affecting all racial and ethnic groups. This article reviews eating pathology and body image concerns in four diverse groups in the U.S. (African Americans, Latino/as, Asians, and Native Americans). The major conclusion based on this review is that eating disturbances and body dissatisfaction occur to some degree in children and adolescents from all four major ethnic groups in the U.S; however, there is substantial variability across studies. Future directions include the need for studies of prevalence, prevention and treatment research, and investigations of neurobiological and genetic variables.

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Citation: J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Apr;35(3):231-42. Epub 2009 Aug 24. Link to article on publisher's site

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