International Education Journal

Educational Research Conference 2005 Special Issue

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Very young children's body image: Bodies and minds under construction


David Birbeck
School of Education, University of South Australia 
david.birbeck@unisa.edu.au

Murray Drummond
School of Education, University of South Australia

 

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Abstract

In recent years research has recognised that notions of body image, body image ideals and body dissatisfaction develop much earlier than was once thought. Forty-seven children (25 male; 22 female) aged between 5 and 6 years were interviewed on three occasions over 12 months regarding their perceptions of body image. The interviews revealed strong negative perceptions of fatness. However, being overweight or even obese was not always correlated with being unhealthy. Conversely, the desire towards cultural ideals of thinness, while apparent, was not as clear. 

Body image, early childhood, health, obesity, symbolic interactionism

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Birbeck, D. and Drummond, M. (2006) Very young children's body image: Bodies and minds under construction. International Education Journal, 7 (4), 423-434.
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