Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Human Nutrition and Foods
Mary K. Head.
Desire for thinness and desire for health were surveyed among eighteen and nineteen year old female adolescents in north-central West Virginia to determine the incidence of these motivations within this population and their relationship to unnecessary weight loss concerns, and dieting behaviors. Variables derived from body image satisfaction, self-esteem, socioeconomic status, religiosity, and food management behavior were examined for their ability to predict desire for thinness and health in subjects.;Using the statistical process of discriminate analysis, 51.6% of 345 subjects were correctly classified into groups desiring thinness and/or health. Only weight perception accuracy and food management group were found to be significant individual predictors, but their Eigenvalues indicated a low degree of predictive power.;The low predictive power of the variables may have been due to inaccurate separation of subjects into dependent variables groups. The data on desire for health indicate that female adolescent concepts of health may be multidimensional.
Andis, Monica Gene, "Desire for thinness and desire for health in eighteen and nineteen-year-old females" (1998). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 899.