Susceptibility for thin ideal media and eating styles

Doeschka J Anschutz, Rutger C M E Engels, Tatjana van Strien

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This study examined the relations between susceptibility for thin ideal media and restrained, emotional and external eating, directly and indirectly through body dissatisfaction. Thin ideal media susceptibility, body dissatisfaction and eating styles were measured in a sample of 163 female students. Structural equation modelling was used for analyses, controlling for BMI. Higher susceptibility for thin ideal media was directly related to higher scores on all eating styles, and indirectly related to higher restrained and emotional eating through elevated levels of body dissatisfaction. So, thin ideal media susceptibility was not only related to restraint through body dissatisfaction, but also directly. Emotional eaters might be more vulnerable for negative affect, whereas external eaters might be more sensitive to external cues in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-9
Number of pages10
JournalBody Image
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Body Image
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cues
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Media
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Social Desirability
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Journal Article


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