Body representation, eating attitudes and BMI in adolescence

  • Sara Invitto
  • Leopoldo Ruggiero
  • Paola Tondi
  • Ilaria Fanelli


This research aims to investigate, in a population of adolescents, the body’s representations, the representations of the relationship with food, the characteristics of dietary habits, body image perceived body image as real as possible predictors of behavior disorders food in the same age group. We recruited 100 children (mean age 16.3 sd = 1.51), by the school to which they belong. We ‘measured the BMI (Body Mass Index), the semantic differential on the body representation, one on food relationship and test EAT. This study showed that the representation of the body is extremely sensitive in the adolescent population, the figure body itself in relation to BMI and not eating habits. This result implies that adolescent prevention should be focused on the representation on that body rather than eating habits.