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Body Dissatisfaction the Latina Community INTRODUCTION More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese in America, with ethnic minority groups such as African Americans and Hispanics maintain the highest rates. It was estimated that 78.8% of Hispanics were considered extremely obese in 2010 (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases). This has lead me to wonder why such high rates exist, and if it is somehow related to one’s ethnic identity and body dissatisfactions. My theories will revolve around how the America beauty ideologies negatively impact the Latina woman’s body image, and how it can create severe body dissatisfaction in young women. In addition, I will describe how the level of internalization of the “slim beauty” can mediate the association between acculturative stress and body image dissatisfaction in Latina women. Warren and Rios’s article about the relationship between acculturation, acculturative stress, endorsement of western media, and social comparison, suggest that body image problems are often influenced by internal and external factors that may be biological, interpersonal, and familial factors. In the following pages you will learn of their effects. PARTICIPANTS For the purpose of this study, I interviewed nine individuals. My participants for this research were people I knew though common connections. Of the participants, 3 are co- workers, 2 friends met outside of college, 3 were friends from college, and one was a former class mate, each of whom who I have known for at least 9 months. I initially started with ten participants, but one participant dropped for personal reasons. I individually interview each on
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the topic of body dissatisfaction, and tied in how it related to the Latina community. Because I wanted the proper representation of the Latina voice, I chose four female Hispanic women. The other five were from varied racial groups. The nine participants were interviewed and observed for the purpose of this study. The participants’ ages ranged from 21 to 28 year 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 Ethnicities s old. Five were female, while four were male. Of the nine participants, six have attended or graduated college. Three are seniors, while three are recent graduates. My remaining participant have completed a high school level of education. My participants identified themselves as Black, White, Mexican-American, Mexican, and Salvadorian. All asserted they were productive members of society, with a common socioeconomic status of lower middle class to upper middle class. Three have stated they have experienced extreme hardship in their lives. To protect my participants’ identities, I gave the
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option to pick a pseudonym of their choice, or to use their legal name. Unlike my previous studies, only two chose pseudonyms. All the interviews were conducted in a private setting. I will discuss in detail the participants who have yielded the most data.
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