Body image in older women: a mediator of BMI and wellness behaviors

Lisa Smith Kilpela, Christina L. Verzijl, Carolyn Black Becker

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Abstract

Negative body image is prevalent among mid- and late-life women. In younger women, negative body image is associated with reduced quality of life (QOL) when controlling for body mass index (BMI), and mediates the relationship between obesity and emotional wellbeing. Yet, much remains unknown about body image in older populations. In our sample of women aged 50–86 (N = 181), negative body image mediated the relationship between BMI and sleep, all four domains of QOL, negative affect, nutritious food consumption, and psychosocial impairment, but not enjoyment of physical activity. Findings suggest negative body image impacts the wellbeing of older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2019

Keywords

  • BMI
  • Negative body image
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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