Body image and weight loss maintenance in elderly African American hypertensives

Leslie J. Heinberg, Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite, Wendie Rosofsky, Phyllis McCarron, Alicia Clarke

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Objective: To examine body image and its influence on elderly African American men and women trying to lose weight to reduce hypertension. Methods: Individuals (n=68) were randomly assigned to participate in a 15-month weight loss program or to control conditions. Weight was determined at baseline, at 6 months and at 15 months. Results: Although mean BMI was 30.4, little body image dissatisfaction was endorsed. Treatment group accounted for significant weight loss variance at both follow-up periods whereas body image scores predicted long-term (15-month) weight loss. Conclusion: Body image may play an important role in long-term success with behavioral weight loss interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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