Educational behaviors for Body Appreciation Increase and Positive Eating Attidudes for Children


  • Beatrice MAGURAN West University of Timisoara
  • Mona VINTILA West University of Timisoara
Keywords: body image; eating attitude; body appreciation; body appearance; marital status;


Body appreciation and eating behavior among children has to receive a special attention in the psychological and health literature, so that the society together with the family can prevent body image impairment for children and obtain their positive body appreciation and to decrease their negative eating attitudes. . The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between child's body appreciation, their eating attitude and the importance of their parents’ educational behaviors in the context of parental marital status. In this respect, 265 children from different schools have completed psychological instruments that measure the level of body appreciation, children’s eating attitudes and they give demographic data which contain their parent’s marital status. For statistical purposes, r Pearson correlation and t Test were run. The results showed that a lower level of body appreciation correlates with a higher level of negative eating attitudes of Romanian children and no significant differences were found between children who have divorced parents and children who are in a united family in terms of attitude towards food and body appreciation.

Author Biographies

Beatrice MAGURAN, West University of Timisoara

Department of Psychology, West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania

Mona VINTILA, West University of Timisoara

Department of Psychology, West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania


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