Title

Body Image in Older Women: A Mediator of BMI and Wellness Behaviors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

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.

Identifier

PMID: 31751189

DOI

10.1080/08952841.2019.1692629

Publisher

Routledge

ISSN

08952841

Publication Information

Journal of Women and Aging

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