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Body Dissatisfaction Across Cultures: Finding and Research Problems

Review article
Authors Kristina Holmqvist
Ann Frisén
Published in European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 18
Issue 2
Pages 133-146
Publication year 2010
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 133-146
Language en
Keywords body image, body dissatisfaction, culture, cross-cultural differences
Subject categories Psychology


This review had two aims. The first aim was to describe the existing literature regarding body dissatisfaction across cultures. Previous studies were organized and presented according to three general patterns found in the existing literature, patterns that were to some extent based on the differing degrees of affluence and type of lifestyles in the cultures examined. The review's second aim was to illuminate some of the specific problems that studies of body dissatisfaction across cultures deal with and to provide suggestions for improvement. The suggestions concern how future research may achieve a more inclusive and detailed picture of body dissatisfaction across cultures, for instance by using diversified measurements, providing detailed information about the cultural groups that are examined, investigating how different risk factors may influence the level of body dissatisfaction in different cultures and widening the research geographically.

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