Campus Units

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

3-2019

Journal or Book Title

Body Image

Volume

28

First Page

110

Last Page

114

DOI

10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.01.003

Abstract

Body dissatisfaction is linked to poor physical health, even after actual markers of health have been controlled for. This link is likely due to body dissatisfaction influencing health behaviors—more specifically, cardiovascular exercise. Modifiable reasons for this link have yet to be determined. We conducted a prospective study to evaluate whether active avoidance of exercise may explain the association of body dissatisfaction with exercise, and, if so, whether perceived barriers to exercise account for the association of body dissatisfaction and exercise avoidance. Baseline measures were collected via survey; physical activity was measured over time, via self-report. As expected, avoidance mediated the prospective relationship between dissatisfaction and exercise. Additionally, the relationship between body dissatisfaction and avoidance was mediated by embarrassment and fatigue. Interventions that boost body satisfaction and/or address perceptions of fatigue and embarrassment may be needed for individuals with body dissatisfaction to be more likely to participate in exercise-related programs.

Comments

This article is published as More, Kimberly R., L. Alison Phillips, and Miriam H. Eisenberg Colman. "Evaluating the potential roles of body dissatisfaction in exercise avoidance." Body Image 28 (2019): 110-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.01.003. Posted with permission.

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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