Feminine Norms and Disordered Eating

  • Melinda A. Green
  • David Kugler
  • Ashley Stillman
  • Christopher Davids
  • Katherine Read
  • Kelly Siglin
  • Amanda Jepson


Girls and women are at a significantly higher risk for eating disorder (ED) pathology compared with male counterparts. The purpose of this chapter is to explore gender-related sociocultural factors which contribute to heightened risk status. The relationship between conformity to traditional feminine norms and ED symptomatology is explored via an analysis of extant research and applicable theory. The femininity and gender discrepancy theories provide theoretical lenses necessary to interpret empirical findings on the relationship between femininity, masculinity, and EDs. The impact of other gender-related sociocultural contributors, including differential weight discrimination as a function of gender and the sociocultural objectification of women, are also explored.


Eating Disorder Eating Disorder Body Dissatisfaction Eating Disorder Symptom Feminine Trait 
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Conformity to feminine norms inventory


Eating disorder


Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory


Personal attribute questionnaire


Bem sex-role inventory


Groninger androgyny scale


Dutch eating behavior questionnaire


Feminist identity development scale


Eating disorder inventory


Personal description questionnaire


Eating disorder examination-questionnaire


Eating attitudes test


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melinda A. Green
    • 1
  • David Kugler
  • Ashley Stillman
  • Christopher Davids
  • Katherine Read
  • Kelly Siglin
  • Amanda Jepson
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCornell CollegeMt. VernonUSA

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