Male body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptomatology: Moderating variables among men

Antonios Dakanalis, Assunta M. Zanetti, Giuseppe Riva, Fabrizia Colmegna, Chiara Volpato, Fabio Madeddu, Massimo Clerici

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Abstract

Body dissatisfaction is recognized as a robust risk factor for eating disorders. Despite over 80% of college men being body dissatisfied, not all men report several levels of eating disorder symptoms. In this study, we examined poor impulse control, social anxiety and internalization of media ideals as potential moderators. Data collected from 405 college-aged men were analysed, using latent variable structural equation modelling approach. All variables investigated have been found to moderate the body dissatisfaction-eating disorder symptomatology, such that male body dissatisfaction was strongly related to men's eating disorder symptomatology when each moderator was at its highest level. Practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-90
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 8 2015

Keywords

  • body image
  • eating disorders
  • men's health
  • moderator
  • risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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