Next Article in Journal
Relationships between Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Pregnant Women in the Second and Third Trimester
Next Article in Special Issue
Association between Colorectal Adenoma and Carotid Atherosclerosis in Korean Adults
Previous Article in Journal
Spatio-Temporal Change and Pollution Risk of Agricultural Soil Cadmium in a Rapidly Industrializing Area in the Yangtze Delta Region of China
Previous Article in Special Issue
Physical Activity Programming Advertised on Websites of U.S. Islamic Centers: A Content Analysis
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(12), 2744; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122744

The Peer Context of Dieting: The Relationship between Young Adults’ Dieting Frequency and Their Friends’ Weight-Related Characteristics

1
Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
2
Department of Sociology, Lund University, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
3
Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 23 October 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Health Behaviors, Risk Factors, NCDs and Health Promotion)
Full-Text   |   PDF [1221 KB, uploaded 5 December 2018]   |  

Abstract

Previous research found that weight-related behaviors and body weight tends to be similar between individuals and peers. Rather little is known how different domains of weight-related behaviors co-evolve in peer networks. Hence, this study explores how young adults’ self-reported dieting relates to perceived body weight and weight control behaviors of their peers. A Swedish two-wave panel survey with ego-centric network data was analyzed with negative binomial regression models. Nineteen-year-old men and women in the first wave, and 23-year-olds in the follow-up sample were examined. Men at age 19 showed an increased dieting propensity when being exposed to underweight peers. Compared to men, women’s dieting at age 19 was more strongly related to their own body image concerns, and peers’ weight-related behaviors like physical exercising and unhealthy eating. The associations between dieting and peers’ weight-related characteristics for men and women deteriorated from age 19 to age 23. The findings suggest that women’s dieting—in comparison to dieting in men—is more strongly related to the peer context. The decrease in associations between men’s and women’s dieting and peers’ weight-related characteristics from age 19 to age 23 may reflect a weakened importance of the peer context in early adulthood. View Full-Text
Keywords: dieting; ego-centric social networks; weight control behavior; early adulthood; Sweden dieting; ego-centric social networks; weight control behavior; early adulthood; Sweden
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Miething, A.; Rostila, M.; Edling, C.; Rydgren, J. The Peer Context of Dieting: The Relationship between Young Adults’ Dieting Frequency and Their Friends’ Weight-Related Characteristics. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2744.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top