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Using Appearance Concerns to Promote Health

Sarah Grogan and Daniel Masterson

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580521.013.0041
Using Appearance Concerns to Promote Health

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This article brings together recent work from across disciplines (including psychology, gender studies, sociology, and sport and exercise science) to investigate the current evidence base, and to investigate whether appearance concerns can, and should, be used to promote health. Recent evidence relating to studies on exercise, use of performance-enhancing drugs, eating/dieting, smoking, and screening in adults are reviewed to evaluate the extent of links between appearance concerns and these health-related behaviours. The article then goes on to consider whether these links can be used in a positive way to promote health and also considers some ethical issues relating to raising appearance concerns as a way of promoting health in adults.

Keywords: appearance; health promotion; health behaviour; exercise

Article.  6202 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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