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An examination of ethnic differences in actual-ideal body weight discrepancy and its correlates in a sample of Malaysian women

Swami, Viren and Tovee, Martin J. and Harris, A.S. (2013) An examination of ethnic differences in actual-ideal body weight discrepancy and its correlates in a sample of Malaysian women. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 6 (2). pp. 96-107. ISSN 1754-2863

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17542863.2011.643315

Abstract

The present study examined ethnic differences in actual-ideal body weight discrepancy and its correlates among a sample of Malaysian adult women. A total of 459 Malays, 307 Chinese and 150 Indians from Kuala Lumpur completed measures of their actual-ideal body weight discrepancy, sociocultural messages about appearance, self-reported body mass index (BMI) and demographics. Results showed that Chinese women had smaller actual-ideal body weight discrepancy scores than both Malay and Indian women, although the effect size of this difference was small ( =.01). There were also significant ethnic differences in the internalisation of media messages about appearance, although effect sizes were likewise small. Further analyses revealed that sociocultural messages about appearance and self-reported BMI explained between 28% and 47% of the variance in actual-ideal body weight discrepancy for the three ethnic groups, respectively. These results are discussed in relation to the extant literature on body image in the Malaysian context.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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