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Body Image: International Comparisons: From the Symposium Held at the 15th International Congress of Dietetics

Sugawara, Ayumi RD; Yanagishita, Jun MPH; Sano, Ayami PhD, RD; Wong, Yueching PhD, RD; Le, Duc Son N.T MD, PhD; Martin, Jeanne B. PhD, RD, LD, FADA; Yamamoto, Shigeru PhD, RD; Sone, Hirohito MD, PhD, FACP

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3181dec6bb
Nutrition and Body Image

To be thin is the desire of many young women because of idealized body images in the media as well as cultural factors. This review summarizes the content of the symposium, "International Comparison of Body Image," which was part of the 15th International Congress of Dietetics held in Yokohama, Japan, on September 8 to 11, 2008. Body image is a term that refers to one's perception of his/her own physical appearance and how that body appears to others. A negative body image usually has unfavorable consequences, such as the development of an eating disorder. The desire for thinness is widespread, even in non-Western countries. For example, young Japanese women have an even stronger desire to be thin than their American or Vietnamese counterparts. Abnormal eating behaviors are common among adolescents in both Western and non-Western countries. Therefore, we should monitor inappropriate weight loss attempts, especially by adolescents in all countries

Young Asian women have their body image problems too

Ayumi Sugawara, RD, is a graduate student in the Department of Lifestyle Medicine and Applied Nutrition, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan.

Jun Yanagishita, MPH, is a graduate student in Department of Health Science, College of Health and Human Performance, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Ayami Sano, PhD, RD, is an assistant professor in School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.

Yueching Wong, PhD, RD, is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Chungshan Medical University, Taiwan.

Duc Son N.T Le, MD, PhD, is a senior investigator of the Nutrition Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Jeanne B. Martin, PhD, RD, LD, FADA, is a Nutrition Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor, the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston.

Shigeru Yamamoto, PhD, RD, is Professor of the International Nutrition, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan.

Hirohito Sone, MD, PhD, FACP, is a associate professor in the Department of Lifestyle Medicine and Applied Nutrition, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan.

Correspondence: Hirohito Sone, MD, PhD, FACP, Department of Lifestyle Medicine and Applied Nutrition, Ochanomizu University, 2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (112-8610) (sone.hirohito@ocha.ac.jp).

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