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Advances in Public Health
Volume 2014, Article ID 257396, 8 pages
Review Article

Eating Behaviours and Body Weight Concerns among Adolescent Girls

1 Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta, 35 Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700 019, India
2Biological Anthropology Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, 203 B.T. Road, Kolkata 108, India

Received 1 June 2014; Accepted 3 July 2014; Published 16 July 2014

Academic Editor: Julio Diaz

Copyright © 2014 Nadira Mallick et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a global review of research done on adolescent eating behaviours and food choices and the probable factors underlying it. Worldwide adolescent girls tend to develop moderate to high level of disordered eating behaviour as a result of their excessive concern with body weight or obsession with thinness. The objective of the review is to understand the concerns over body weight and the current eating patterns of adolescent girls in the developed and developing countries.