2023
DOI: 10.1017/gmh.2023.2
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Body image as a global mental health concern

Abstract: Body image concerns related to weight or other dimensions of appearance are now prevalent on a global scale. This paper reviews the theoretical frameworks that account for the global similarities and regional differences in rates and presentation of body image concerns, as well as reviewing the extant data. Given the harmful consequences of body image concerns in terms of mental and physical health, their global burden is high. Interventions to mitigate these concerns at the individual and systemic level are w… Show more

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“…Our sample comprises participants from many different countries, suggesting ethnicity as a relevant covariate. However, body image has now become a global health concern, accelerated by the rapid technological and economic globalization ( Thornborrow et al, 2022 ), which has resulted in a convergence of appearance concerns among women across the world ( Rodgers et al, 2023 ). While our study did not examine the impact of ethnicity on body image, we strongly advocate for future research to explore the role of race and to incorporate considerations of minority stress and body capital theories ( Rodgers et al, 2023 ) when investigating the relationship between BID, IS and the body schema.…”
Section: Limitations and Future Directionsmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…Our sample comprises participants from many different countries, suggesting ethnicity as a relevant covariate. However, body image has now become a global health concern, accelerated by the rapid technological and economic globalization ( Thornborrow et al, 2022 ), which has resulted in a convergence of appearance concerns among women across the world ( Rodgers et al, 2023 ). While our study did not examine the impact of ethnicity on body image, we strongly advocate for future research to explore the role of race and to incorporate considerations of minority stress and body capital theories ( Rodgers et al, 2023 ) when investigating the relationship between BID, IS and the body schema.…”
Section: Limitations and Future Directionsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…However, body image has now become a global health concern, accelerated by the rapid technological and economic globalization ( Thornborrow et al, 2022 ), which has resulted in a convergence of appearance concerns among women across the world ( Rodgers et al, 2023 ). While our study did not examine the impact of ethnicity on body image, we strongly advocate for future research to explore the role of race and to incorporate considerations of minority stress and body capital theories ( Rodgers et al, 2023 ) when investigating the relationship between BID, IS and the body schema. Lastly, studies using a cross-sectional design are prone to cohort effects ( Glenn, 2005 ) and are more reflective of age-related differences as opposed to age-related developmental changes.…”
Section: Limitations and Future Directionsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Several recent attempts have been made to systematise GMH competencies by either modifying related competency frameworks from adjacent disciplines (such as psychology and global health), or by creating bespoke frameworks or lists (e.g., Khoury, 2023). Notably, most of these have been focused on psychological service delivery (Institute of Medicine, 2013; International Association of Applied Psychology and International Union of Psychological Science, 2016; Buzza et al, 2018; World Health Organization and UNICEF, 2022), and (early-career) researchers (Thornicroft et al, 2012; Collins and Pringle, 2016; Ng et al, 2016; Merritt et al, 2019), and on specific interventions and settings such as humanitarian contexts (e.g., IFRC, 2016).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Many young women are dissatisfied with their bodies, including body shape, size, muscularity, and weight [ 1 , 2 ]. Body dissatisfaction can originate from internalizing unrealistic body ideals [ 3 ], comparisons on social media [ 4 ], and has been associated with childhood maltreatment [ 5 ].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%