Body Image in a Sample of Adult African American Males and Females with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)
Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects developmental maturation causing a delay in secondary sex characteristics associated with puberty. There is little data on the impact of SCD on body image, a well-established risk factor for eating disorders among young women. Body dissatisfaction combined with environmental stressors and negative affect may place some men and women with SCD at a higher risk problematic eating behaviors or body change strategies in an attempt to achieve a more idealized body type. The present exploratory study examined the potential associations between SCD, body image, and eating disorders, and provided preliminary data to guide the directions of future investigations. © 2010 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.
Reddy, SD; Edwards, CL; Wood, M; O'Garo, K; Morgan, K; Edwards, LK; Wellington, C; McDougald, CS; Feliu, M; McNeil, J; Whitfield, KE
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