Another body project: The thin ideal, motherhood, and body dissatisfaction among Mexican women

Abstract

In this article, we examine the bodily experiences of Mexican women, to investigate their acceptance of the thin ideal and
resulting body dissatisfaction. We conducted semi-structured individual interviews with 30 adult participants in Mexico City.
Interviewees accepted the thin body ideal, but experiencing their bodies as signifiers of motherhood protected them from body
dissatisfaction. Instead of a personal body project, they engaged in a project of caring for their children’s bodies. We suggest
that health campaigns directed to adult women should consider the relational aspects of their lives.

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