Body esteem and eating behaviours in female physical education students

Psychology Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Eating and weight disorders: EWD (Impact Factor: 0.79). 07/2006; 11(2):e57-60. DOI: 10.1007/BF03327761
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Certain university majors appear to be at greater risk of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. The present study sought to examine self esteem, body satisfaction, and disordered eating in a sample of year one and year three female physical education students, and to compare them to a matched sample of non-physical education females. Year three, but not year one physical education females, reported greater rates of disorder eating, but lower global self esteem, than non-physical education females. Dissatisfaction with sexual attractiveness, physical condition, and weight, were significantly related to disordered eating behaviours. Further research needs to be conducted with university majors that place a high premium on physical form and ability.

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