Body image and dissatisfaction among rural Deep South African American women in a weight loss intervention

Academic Article


  • Body image perception may impact health-promoting behaviors as well as knowledge regarding health risks associated with obesity. Our cross-sectional analysis evaluated body image and its association with body mass index among overweight and obese treatment-seeking African American women (N = 409). Differences between current and desired body image were captured using the Pulvers scale. Results indicated the presence of body image dissatisfaction among participants (median = 2.00, interquartile range: 2.00–3.00), with greater dissatisfaction observed at higher categories of body mass index. Additionally, receiver operating curves demonstrated the ability of the Pulvers scale to correctly identify participants classified by body mass index. Further research is needed to identify factors that influence body image perception.
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    Author List

  • Johnson ER; Affuso O; Levitan EB; Carson TL; Baskin ML
  • Start Page

  • 1167
  • End Page

  • 1177
  • Volume

  • 24
  • Issue

  • 9