Body appreciation and body appearance pressure in Norwegian university students comparing exercise science students and other students
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OriginalversjonSundgot-Borgen, C., Sundgot-Borgen, J., Bratland-Sanda, S., Kolle, E., Torstveit, M. K., Svantorp-Tveiten, K. M. E., & Mathisen, T. F. (2021). Body appreciation and body appearance pressure in Norwegian university students comparing exercise science students and other students. BMC Public Health, 21, 532. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10550-0
Body image is considered a core issue for public health and associates with university students’ overall health. Due to positive associations between exercise and body image, it has been suggested that students within an exercise science program might be more body appreciative compared to other students. On the other hand, the strong societal idealization of the athletic body may expose them to a pressure of having a specific body appearance, which may result in unfavorable health consequences. Nevertheless, studies investigating these hypotheses are lacking. We therefore aimed to explore the level and associations of body appreciation, body appearance pressure, body image related mental health constructs, physical activity, and exercise, in Norwegian university exercise science and non-health reference students.