By Thomas F. Cash PhD, Linda Smolak PhD
The traditional reference for practitioners, researchers, and scholars, this acclaimed paintings brings jointly across the world well-known specialists from various psychological healthiness, clinical, and allied well-being care disciplines. participants evaluate tested and rising theories and findings; probe questions of tradition, gender, future health, and illness; and current evidence-based review, therapy, and prevention techniques for the complete diversity of physique photo matters. shooting the richness and complexity of the sector in a effortlessly obtainable layout, all of the fifty three concise chapters concludes with an informative annotated bibliography. New to This version *Addresses the main pressing present questions within the box. *Reflects major advances in key components: evaluation, physique picture in boys and males, weight problems, illness-related physique snapshot matters, and cross-cultural study. *Conceptual Foundations part now contains evolutionary, genetic, and optimistic psychology perspectives.*Increased assurance of prevention. (20070101)
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Molecular Genetic Studies of Body Image Given behavior genetic studies suggesting robust genetic influences on body image problems in females, and perhaps males, efforts are being made to identify specific genes that may be related to body image problems. Although limited to only two studies thus far, findings are promising in suggesting that higher levels of body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness may be associated with the S allele of the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) in women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN).
Within populations, there is a high degree of variability in FA, which arises as a result of stressors, such as reduced nutrition and disease, during the developmental process. On this basis, some evolutionary psychologists have suggested that FA reflects the degree to which individuals are able to maintain developmental stability in the face of environmental and genetic stressors. Furthermore, it is suggested that selection of potential mates on the basis of low FA may be adaptive, insofar as it increases reproductive success.
First, there is a great deal of research indicating that the societal beauty ideal for women has become increasingly thin over recent decades. For example, one analysis of Miss America pageant winners and Playboy centerfolds documented a significant decrease in body size from the 1950s to 1990s, by which time the majority had weights that were more than 15% below their expected weight for height. Other formal content analyses of visual media including fashion magazines, film, television, and video games confirm this trend.