SYMPOSIA

Emotional intelligence from A to Z: Concept, measurement and practical issues
Affective and cognitive functioning in patients with chronic desease
Approaches to the research of language function
Cognitive control and some new tests for its measurement
Psychobiological paradigm in psychology of individual differences
Body image, eating disturbances, and obesity
Social identities in in South-Eastern Europe
Vulnerability To Psychopathology: Its Nature And Mechanism Of Action

Dark tetrad: measurement, correlates, and outcomes

BODY IMAGE, EATING DISORDERS AND OBESITY
Moderator:Alessandra Pokrajac-Bulian
Problems with one's body image (dissatisfaction with one's appearance, body shape, weight and muscle mass concerns) are consistently related to different attitudes and behaviours aimed at changing one's appearance. Most commonly they are connected with a strong desire to lose weight in order to become slim or muscular, use of steroids, extreme dieting, excessive workout and even plastic surgery accompanied by high levels of discomfort and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The consequences of a negative body image brought about by attempts to change one's physical appearance can be studied in the context of the socio-cultural body ideal, the significance attributed to and the psychological investment in one's physical appearance. Some groups, namely adolescents, women from different age groups and groups of people who generally attribute great importance to their physical appearance, e.g. gym goers, professional athletes and models, are particularly sensitive to their body image and demonstrate high levels of dissatisfaction.
Even though the level of dissatisfaction with their body is particularly high in obese women, because it looks at a narrow segment of preoccupation with one's body image, research on overweight and obese people undergoing weight loss treatments does not consistently confirm the relationship between dissatisfaction with one's body and body mass index. Obese individuals, who are greatly dissatisfied with their bodies, have usually been obese since childhood, were frequently teased because of their weight and appearance, have an eating disorder and go through cycles of weight loss and gain. High body weight is subject to social pressure to become slim, stigmatisation and increased dissatisfaction with one's body, which may cause negative emotions and encourage often harmful weight loss strategies. Numerous attempts to lose weight are unsuccessful, which only perpetuates the vicious cycle of negative emotions and overeating (loss of control accompanied by consumption of large quantities of food) that causes repeated weight gain.
In the last 10 years, in western countries, there has been a rise in cosmetic surgery procedures (e.g. breast correction, liposuction, face lifting), mostly performed on women (cca. 90%). Some of these procedures pertain to real defects that obstruct normal physical functioning, however, individuals with eating disorders or body dismorphia, although few, also belong to this group of patients.
Most studies investigate the relationship between negative body image and psychological health in adolescents and young adults, since in that period negative body image is at its peak, although its effects on psychological health in adulthood are less known. Negative body image in adolescence is a predictor of mental health problems, obesity and eating disorders in early adulthood. The aim of this symposium is to examine the significance of the impact one's body image and appearance-related anxiety have on people of different ages and on individuals' psychological and physical health.
Introductory note
Alessandra Pokrajac-Bulian
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Sport-related factors associated with risk for development of eating disorders: The role of athletes’ perfectionism and negative coaching behaviour
Zrinka Greblo Jurakić1, Alessandra Pokrajac-Bulian2
1 Department of Psychology, University Department for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb, Croatia
2 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Web-based body weight management programs and the readiness to use them
Vesna Gavrilov-Jerković, Dragana Brdarić, Milica Lazić, Veljko Jovanović
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most beautiful nose among all
Dušanka Đurović1, Vladimir Kljajić2, Jelena Sokić3, Jovana Kovač3
1 Department of Psychology, Educons University, Novi Sad, Serbia
2 Medical Faculty, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
3 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Body dissatisfaction and binge eating among overweight and obese adults
Alessandra Pokrajac-Bulian
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia




 
STuP 2017 // FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, NOVI SAD // OCTOBER 19th-21st, 2017