Body image and eating restraint: A structural modeling analysis

G. Riva, S. Marchi, E. Molinari

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Body-image dsturbance and its link with eating behaviors are poorly understood and controversial phenomena. The model proposed by Cash (1996) is perhaps the most unified current attempt to analyze this link. Its central features are a separation of historical and proximal influences and the link between body image emotions and adjustive, emotion regulating actions. This model, however, and in particular the link between body dissatisfaction and eating restraint have not been empirically tested. A series of different causal models for directly observed variables (LISREL 7) have therefore been used to determine the soundness of this link in a study of 130 female undergraduates. The goodness-of-fit of the models suggests that a causal link exists. It is clear that body image therapy should be combined with current treatments for obesity and eating disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


  • Body image
  • Eating restraint
  • Structural model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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