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Body Image Study Aim
This study was designed to assess the role of biopsychosocial factors in understanding body image concerns and cognitions and behaviors related to losing weight or increasing muscles among 507 kids (270 girls and 237 boys) aged between 8 and 11 years. Biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors have been found to be relevant in understanding the development of body image concerns and weight loss strategies among kids. However, these factors have not been examined together in a single study; thus, the relative influence of each factors and how these factors may interact is not known.

Body Image Study Results
Body mass index (BMI) was found to be a good indicator of girls' and boys' body dissatisfaction, while the main indicator of children's body change strategies was perceived pressure from parents, peers, and the media. Overall, there were more similarities than differences between girls and boys. The age between 8 and 11 years is a significant period to commence studying body image concerns and body change strategies, as it can be used to help us understand the emergence of gender differences in children's body weight and muscle concerns.

Source: Lina A. Ricciardelli, , Marita P. McCabe, Kate E. Holt and Jennifer Finemore School of Psychology, Deakin University.

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