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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations


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)
Pages (from-to)298-311
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • BMI
  • Negative body image
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


Dive into the research topics of 'Body image in older women: a mediator of BMI and wellness behaviors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this