Weight and weddings: women's weight ideals and weight management behaviors for their wedding day

Appetite. 2008 Mar-May;50(2-3):550-4. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2007.11.001. Epub 2007 Nov 13.


We conducted a descriptive cross-sectional survey to examine wedding-specific body weight ideals and weight management behaviors among women preparing for their wedding (n=272). The average bride-to-be was overweight according to clinical body mass index standards and idealized a significantly lower wedding weight. Most were attempting to lose weight and reported a small but significant weight loss using a combination of weight loss behaviors. Many women used one or more extreme weight loss behaviors. Additionally, some women reported purchasing a smaller-sized wedding dress, potentially to constrain behavior. Prior to weddings, interventions promoting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle may be useful to discourage extreme weight loss behaviors and emphasize healthy long-term weight management.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight / physiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Middle Aged
  • Weight Loss* / physiology