Reading magazine articles about dieting and associated weight control behaviors among adolescents

J Adolesc Health. 2003 Jan;32(1):78-82. doi: 10.1016/s1054-139x(02)00455-x.


The purpose was to examine the sociodemographic characteristics of adolescents who read magazine articles about dieting/weight loss and the relationship between reading these types of magazine articles and psychosocial well-being and weight control behaviors. Dieting-related magazine exposure was associated with indicators of psychosocial distress and unhealthy dieting; interventions that address media consumption should reach out to all youth regardless of ethnic and social backgrounds

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Body Image
  • Demography
  • Diet / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Persuasive Communication
  • United States
  • Weight Loss*