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J Health Psychol. 2018 Jan;23(1):25-35. doi: 10.1177/1359105316672923. Epub 2016 Oct 19.

Body dissatisfaction predicts inflammatory status in asymptomatic healthy individuals.

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University of Primorska, Slovenia.


Body dissatisfaction may play some role in the pathophysiology of chronic diseases. This study examined relations between body dissatisfaction and circulating levels of inflammatory biomarkers C-reactive protein, tumour necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6 and anti-inflammatory adiponectin, and to explore positive changes in relevant lifestyle behaviour after these associations. A total of 33 asymptomatic overweight men and women were evaluated at the baseline and after a 6-month lifestyle behaviour intervention. Body dissatisfaction emerged as an important predictor of pro- and anti-inflammatory biomarkers and may promote the production of inflammatory cytokines by reducing the level of anti-inflammatory and increasing the level of pro-inflammatory cytokine production.


C-reactive protein; anti-inflammatory adiponectin; body image dissatisfaction; chronic disease; inflammation; interleukin-6; lifestyle intervention; obesity; tumour necrosis factor-α

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