Stature, drive for thinness and body dissatisfaction: a study of males and females from a non clinical sample

Can J Psychiatry. 1993 Feb;38(1):59-61. doi: 10.1177/070674379303800115.


A study of 174 subjects selected from a Canadian shopping mall revealed an inverse correlation among the males but not among females between body stature and body image parameters related to dieting, body weight and shape (for example, drive for thinness, and body dissatisfaction). These correlations were independent of body weight. Among the females, there was a direct correlation between the Body Mass Index and these body image parameters. Height is generally associated with desirable looks and academic success among men and most likely has a positive effect upon body image. Therefore, males who are dissatisfied with their stature, a feature that is generally not within their control, may attempt to alter an aspect of their body that they can control (for example, weight). This finding may have important implications among males with eating disorders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Height
  • Body Image*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Somatotypes*
  • Thinness / psychology*