Body Image in Obese Adults

G. D. Pearlson, M. Simonson, P. R. Slavney

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Data were gathered on 38 obese women and 16 obese men attending a weight-reduction programme and on an equal number of normal weight controls, regarding accuracy of perception of body width in 4 regions, as well as attitudes towards body size. Obese subjects, particularly women, tended to overestimate body width and to dislike their bodies, but neither of these factors predicted success in losing weight. Age of onset of obesity was not related to degree of adult obesity or to accuracy of estimation of body width.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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