BODY IMAGE DISTORTION: A STUDY WITH ADOLESCENTS

  • Conxa Perpiñá
  • Rosa María Baños
Keywords: body image, eating disorders, perceived weight

Abstract

Body image perception was measured in 83 young girls using a visual size apparatus. Those sample was divided on the basis of their "perceived weight", that is, those who thought they were under-weight; those who thought they were just the right weight; and those who thought of themselves as over-weight. Results showed that all subjects (except that group who perceived themselves as under-weight) over-estimated their weight. Moreover, we verified a tendency to the over-estimation in these groups, but this is more evident on the two groups that we far away of the "perceived slimness". We concluded that over-estimation of body size can be seen as a index of dissatisfaction with the own body, but this dissatisfaction rises of the perceived weight rather than the actual weight.

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Author Biographies

Conxa Perpiñá
Universidad de Valencia
Rosa María Baños
Universidad de Valencia
How to Cite
Perpiñá, C., & Baños, R. M. (1). BODY IMAGE DISTORTION: A STUDY WITH ADOLESCENTS. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 6(1), 1-10. Retrieved from https://revistas.um.es/analesps/article/view/28101
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