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Anorexia, body image and peer effects: evidence from a sample of European women

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Jofre-Bonet, Mireia (2013) Anorexia, body image and peer effects: evidence from a sample of European women. Economica, 80 (317). pp. 44-64. ISSN 0013-0427

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2011.00912.x


Excessive preoccupation with self-image (or identity) is regarded as a factor contributing to the proliferation of food disorders, especially among young women. This paper models how self-image and peer effects influence health-related behaviours, specifically food disorders. We empirically test our claims using data from the Eurobarometer Survey. Our findings suggest that the larger peers’ body mass, the lower the likelihood of being anorexic. Self-image is correlated with body weight. We use several definitions of peers’ body mass, and find that all are negatively associated with the likelihood of women being thin or extremely thin.

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Additional Information: © 2012 London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
LSE Health
Health Policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 13:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:35

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