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dc.contributor.authorCosta-Font, Joanen_US
dc.contributor.authorJofre-Bonet, Mireiaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-22en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-28T08:32:07Z-
dc.date.available2009-07-28T08:32:07Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/26457-
dc.description.abstractExcessive preoccupation for self-image has been pointed out as an essential factor explaining food disorders. This paper draws upon Akerlof and Kranton (2000) to model how self-image and others' appearances influence health related behaviours. We estimate the influence of peers' image on the likelihood of anorexia and self-image using data from a cross sectional European representative survey for 2004. We follow a two-step empirical strategy. First, we estimate the probability that a woman is extremely thin and, at the same time, she sees herself as too fat. Our findings reveal that peers' average Body Mass Index decreases the likelihood of being anorexic. Second, we take apart the two processes and estimate a recursive probit model of being very thin and perceiving one self as being too fat. Although peers' Body Mass Index decreases the likelihood of being very thin but increases that of seeing one self as too fat, the unobservables explaining both processes are significantly correlated.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCESifo Münchenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working paper 2412en_US
dc.subject.jelI12en_US
dc.subject.jelQ18en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordSelf-imageen_US
dc.subject.keywordidentityen_US
dc.subject.keywordbody imageen_US
dc.subject.keywordeating disordersen_US
dc.subject.keywordanorexiaen_US
dc.subject.stwErnährungsgewohnheiten_US
dc.subject.stwFrauenen_US
dc.subject.stwPersönlichkeitspsychologieen_US
dc.subject.stwKonsuminterdependenzen_US
dc.subject.stwEuropaen_US
dc.titleBody image and food disorders: evidence from a sample of European womenen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn583118925en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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