Relationships between body satisfaction and psychological functioning and weight-related cognitions and behaviors in overweight adolescents

J Adolesc Health. 2012 Jun;50(6):651-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.10.252. Epub 2012 Feb 10.


Purpose: To examine how differences in body satisfaction may influence weight control behaviors, eating, weight and shape concerns, and psychological well-being among overweight adolescents.

Methods: A group of 103 overweight adolescents completed a survey assessing body satisfaction, weight control behaviors, eating-related thoughts and behaviors, importance placed on thinness, self-esteem, anger, and symptoms of depression and anxiety between 2004 and 2006. Logistic regression analyses compared overweight adolescents with high and low body satisfaction.

Results: Higher body satisfaction was associated with a lower likelihood of engaging in unhealthy weight control behaviors, less frequent fears of losing control over eating, and less importance placed on thinness. Overweight adolescents with higher body satisfaction reported higher levels of self-esteem and were less likely to endorse symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger than overweight adolescents with lower body satisfaction.

Conclusions: Adolescents with higher body satisfaction may be protected against the negative behavioral and psychological factors associated with overweight.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Anger
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Body Image*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight*
  • Culture*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Overweight / psychology*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Self Concept
  • Thinness / psychology
  • Weight Loss