Weight discrepancy and body appreciation among women in Poland and Britain

Taylor, Donna A., Szpakowska, Ilona and Swami, Viren (2013) Weight discrepancy and body appreciation among women in Poland and Britain. Body Image, 10 (4). pp. 628-631. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.008


Previous studies have suggested that the process of transmigration has detrimental effects on the body image of migrants relative to women in the country of origin. In the present work, we examined the body image of Polish migrants in Britain (n = 153), Polish women in Poland (n = 153), and a comparison group of British White women (n = 110). Participants completed a measure of actual-ideal weight discrepancy and the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS). Contrary to hypotheses, our results showed that Polish women in Poland had significantly higher weight discrepancy than their counterparts in Britain. Further analyses showed that the BAS reduced to two dimensions among Polish participants, with Polish participants in Poland having significantly lower body appreciation than Polish migrants. We suggest that the sociocultural changes that have taken place in Eastern Europe may place women in that region at relatively high risk for developing negative body image.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 10:49
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2013 10:49
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/13282

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