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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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ROMPKOVSKI, Cintia Stadtlober et al. Reasons that lead women to weight loss: a study in southern Brazil. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.1, pp. 81-96. ISSN 2177-093X.

The objective of this study was to understand why adult women in Brazil desire and attempt to lose weight. In a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews, participants were 25 adult women in southern Brazil aged 19-59 who have tried to lose weight or modify their bodies. Thematic categories emerged: motivations and influences to lose weight, external and internal pressure to lose weight, and influences from the media and the ideal of beauty which point to factors like the media, family, and society step in nutritional education of Brazilian women. These factors influence decisions related to weight loss and pursuit of a beautiful body; this cult of thinness influences women to lose weight and makes physical appearance an essential dimension of the female identity. Programs are also needed that regulate the media in its use of models involving standards of beauty which are followed and copied by the general population.

Keywords : weight loss; motivation; media; women; Brazil.

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