Correlates of body image dissatisfaction among overweight women seeking weight loss

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Aug;70(4):1040-4.


Predictors of body image dissatisfaction (BID) among obese people are poorly understood. In 79 obese women seeking weight reduction, associations with BID of self-esteem, youth teasing, adult teasing, and internalization of sociocultural appearance standards (ISAS) were studied. Analyses revealed that only self-esteem, adult teasing, and ISAS predicted BID. Results highlight the importance of adulthood self-esteem and interpersonal-cultural context--rather than childhood experiences--in predicting adulthood BID.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Image*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Somatoform Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology
  • Weight Loss*