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Anorexia, body image and peer effects: evidence from a sample of European women (discussion paper)

Costa-i-Font, Joan and Jofre-Bonet, Mireia (2011) Anorexia, body image and peer effects: evidence from a sample of European women (discussion paper). CEP discussion paper. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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 European survey. Our findings suggest that the larger the 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 we find that all are negatively associated with the likelihood of women being thin or extremely thin.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
LSE Health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 13:18
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 03:34

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