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, 23 (3), 275-291

Conceptualizing Body Dissatisfaction in Eating Disorders Within a Self-Discrepancy Framework: A Review of Evidence

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Conceptualizing Body Dissatisfaction in Eating Disorders Within a Self-Discrepancy Framework: A Review of Evidence

Elin L Lantz et al. Eat Weight Disord.

Abstract

Body dissatisfaction, the negative subjective evaluation of one's body, is associated with many negative psychological and physical health consequences. One conceptualization of body dissatisfaction includes an experience of discrepancy between perceived actual and ideal body shapes. This paper reviews the literature on three facets of body dissatisfaction from the framework of self-discrepancy theory: perceptions of current weight, ideal body weight, and the relative importance of conforming to ideals. We review components of body dissatisfaction among healthy individuals and eating-disordered individuals. We also address the conceptualization's relationship among body dissatisfaction, weight history, and dieting to expand the impact of body dissatisfaction research and to provide more information on the nature and treatment of eating disorders.

Keywords: Body dissatisfaction; Eating disorders; Self-discrepancy theory; Weight history.

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