For several years, websites promoting and supporting eating disorders have flourished on the Internet. These pro-eating disorder (pro-ED) websites offer tips and tricks on unhealthy eating behaviors, qthinspiration, q and interactive components, such as chatrooms and message boards. At this time, minimal research has been conducted on the impact of pro-ED websites. The primary purpose of this study was to assess whether exposure to pro-ED websites influences college women's body dissatisfaction and eating behaviors. Female participants without eating disorders and with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 18 kg/m2 were recruited from the subject pool at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). College women with an eating disorder were excluded from this study. Participants were exposed to either pro-ED websites, healthy/exercise websites, or tourist websites and were given quantitative and qualitative measures designed to assess body dissatisfaction and changes in eating behavior. Results indicated that only the pro-ED website group showed a significant decrease in caloric intake from pre- to post-exposure. Furthermore, following exposure, these participants self-reported that they experienced increased levels of body dissatisfaction, they used techniques presented on the pro-ED websites to help with food intake reduction, and they believed that pro-ED websites would influence people to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors. Finally, a 3 week follow-up exhibited that there were long term effects, such as continued use of tips and tricks found on the pro-ED websites, to restrict eating behavior.... groups (pro-ED website group, exercise/health website group, or tourist website group) on two dependent variables, ... Intake Descriptive Statistics BD Scale Change in Caloric Intake Group Mean SD Mean SD Pro-ED Website 13.28 6.66anbsp;...
|Title||:||Impact of Exposure to Pro-eating Disorder Websites on Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Behavior in College Women|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|