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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Aug;70(4):1040-4.

Correlates of body image dissatisfaction among overweight women seeking weight loss.

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  • 1Cornell Cognitive Therapy Clinic, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York, New York 10021, USA.


Predictors of body image dissatisfaction (BID) among obese people are poorly understood. In 79 obese women seeking weight reduction, associations with BID of self-esteem, youth teasing, adult teasing, and internalization of sociocultural appearance standards (ISAS) were studied. Analyses revealed that only self-esteem, adult teasing, and ISAS predicted BID. Results highlight the importance of adulthood self-esteem and interpersonal-cultural context--rather than childhood experiences--in predicting adulthood BID.

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