Table 2.

Prevalence of Dieting, Exercising to Lose Weight, and Influence of the Media by Frequency of Exposure to Women's Fashion Magazines Among 548 Preadolescent and Adolescent Girls

Frequency of Reading MagazinesP
Infrequent
(n = 235)
Moderate
(n = 170)
High
(n = 143)
Have dieted to lose weight (%)343745.03
Diet frequently (%)6.85.311.9.11
Have dieted to lose weight because of a magazine article (%)131622.02
Exercise to lose weight (%)485164.004
Exercise to improve shape (%)717885.002
Initiated exercise because of a magazine article (%)142329.001
Pictures in magazines influence their idea of a perfect body shape (%)597479.001
Pictures in magazines make them want to lose weight (%)414857.004