In the study, researchers sought to identify the behavioral effects associated with teen body image behavioral misperceptions (BIBM). Investigators discovered trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight when there is no medical need to do so, based on self-reported weight status, is associated with a bevy of substance use behaviors. Specifically, girls with BIBM have an increased odds of ever having had alcohol, current alcohol use, or episodic heavy drinking (five or more alcoholic beverages within a couple hours). “Negative self-image can lead to negative behaviors. Body image and behavioral misperception occurs when actions are taken based on a perceived weight status or body image,” said senior study author Margie Skeer, Sc.D., M.P.H., M.S.W. Notably, teen girls who report and act on body image confusion have an increased risk of heavy drinking than girls of the same age without body image misperceptions.
- 1New research finds that body image issues in teen girls are associated with alcohol consumption.
- 2Notably, teen girls who report body image issues have an increased risk of heavy drinking than girls without body image misperceptions.
- 3Paying attention to this behavior in teen girls may help identify other factors supporting the relationship between these body image issues and drinking
Specifically, girls with BIBM have an increased odds of ever having had alcohol, current alcohol use, or episodic heavy drinking (five or more alcoholic beverages within a couple hours).
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