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Title: Can cognitive dissonance methods developed in the West for combatting the 'thin ideal' help slow the rapidly increasing prevalence of eating disorders in non-Western cultures?
Authors: Witcomb, Gemma L.
Arcelus, Jon
Chen, Jue
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
Citation: WITCOMB, G.L., ARCELUS, J. and CHEN, J., 2013. Can cognitive dissonance methods developed in the West for combatting the 'thin ideal' help slow the rapidly increasing prevalence of eating disorders in non-Western cultures?. Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, 25(6), pp. 332-341.
Abstract: Summary: Eating disorders are common, life-threatening conditions in Western countries, but until relatively recently they were regarded as uncommon in non-Western cultures. However, the prevalence of eating disorders in many of the more affluent non-Western countries is rising rapidly as community members, particularly young women, internalize the 'thin ideal' that has been widely promoted by the international media. This review discusses the factors involved in the development of eating disorders in non-Western settings with a particular emphasis on the influences of urbanization, modernization, Westernization, and the resulting changes in women's roles. The cognitive dissonance programs developed in Western countries that have proven successful in countering the negative effects of the thin idea are described and their potential application to East Asia and other non-Western countries are discussed.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1002-0829.2013.06.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19033
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1002-0829.2013.06.002
ISSN: 1002-0829
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