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Body image and eating disorders

Body image is a widespread preoccupation, leading to the potential for a significant increase in negative body image. Poor body image increases the risk for extreme weight/body control behaviors.

Our research in this area includes:

  • mapping the development of body image issues and obesogenic risk factors in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, in both females and males
  • understanding body image disturbances and unhealthy body change behaviours (e.g. excessive exercise, steroid use etc.) among males
  • exploring cross-cultural determinants of, and interplay between, negative body image, obesity and mental health
  • developing and evaluating intervention and prevention programs for body image concerns and obesity for males and females at critical stages of the lifespan
  • evaluating conceptual models of the predictors and consequences of body image concerns in at-risk groups, such as pregnant women

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