Body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating in black and white women

Marisol Perez, Thomas E. Joiner

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Objective: This study predicted and found that body image dissatisfaction and bulimic symptoms have a curvilinear relationship among undergraduate women. Results: For the women in this sample, regardless of race, body image dissatisfaction correlated with bulimic symptoms, such that women who perceived themselves as bigger or smaller than the ideal body size for their ethnic group endorsed bulimic symptoms. Black and white women differed regarding their ethnic group's ideal body image and their self-perceptions of how they compared with the ideal image. Black women tended to report being underweight, whereas white women tended to report being overweight. Discussion: The findings in this study suggest that some black women are not buffered against eating disorders as suggested in previous research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-350
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Bulimia
  • Eating
  • Ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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