Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Krista Cline


Conformity to gender stereotypes and the impacts they may have on body-esteem, eating, and exercise behaviors have always been a very important topic in society because of the mental, physical and emotional problems that could arise. In society today, it is extremely unlikely to go a day without hearing or seeing something about eating healthy, exercising, or performing the correct “role”. With this increased pressure from the media and peers, conforming to the stereotypes in society can impact someone beyond what they may believe possible or even realize. A stereotype is a widely held and oversimplified image or idea of a particular person or thing. It is a preconceived notion that is generally conceptualized to an entire group of individuals or behaviors, which tend to be inaccurate and potentially harmful. The purpose of this study is to examine the link between gender stereotype adherence and body-esteem, eating, and exercise behaviors. Multiple regression analyses are used to examine a sample of 248 female college students. Findings reveal that several female gender stereotypes have effects on bodyesteem,eating and exercise behaviors. Of particular significance was the stereotype that females should strive to be thin.