Body appreciation in adult women: relationships with age and body satisfaction

Body Image. 2013 Sep;10(4):624-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.07.003. Epub 2013 Aug 14.


The major aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of age on positive body image (operationalized as body appreciation) across the female lifespan. A secondary aim was to examine the effect of age on the relationship between positive body image and body satisfaction. Participants were 158 women aged between 18 and 75 years who completed questionnaire measures of body appreciation and body dissatisfaction-satisfaction. A significant positive linear relationship was found between age and body appreciation; that is, older women had higher levels of body appreciation than their younger counterparts. Although body appreciation was positively correlated with body dissatisfaction-satisfaction across all age groups, the association was weaker for older women. The results contribute to a richer picture of women's body image across the lifespan, as well as confirming positive body image as something beyond the mere absence of body dissatisfaction.

Keywords: Adult women; Body appreciation; Body dissatisfaction; Middle-aged women; Positive body image.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Body Image / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Self Concept*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women / psychology*
  • Young Adult