Relating shape/weight based self-esteem, depression, and anxiety with weight and perceived physical health among young adults

Rebecca C. Kamody, Idia Thurston, Kristina M. Decker, Caroline C. Kaufman, Kendrin R. Sonneville, Tracy K. Richmond

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Abstract

Simultaneous contributions of self-esteem, depression, and anxiety to weight and perceived physical health in young adults is understudied. A diverse sample of 424 young adults completed measures of shape/weight based self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and perceived physical health. Height and weight were measured to calculate body mass index (BMI). Latent profile analysis was conducted to derive patterns of depression, anxiety, and shape/weight based self-esteem. Then, we examined the association of the profiles with weight status and perceived physical health. Three profiles emerged: (1) High Shape/Weight Influence (HSWI); (2) Low Shape/Weight, Depression, & Anxiety Influence (LSWDAI); and (3) High Depression & Anxiety Influence (HDAI). The HSWI profile had significantly higher BMI than the LSWDAI and HDAI profiles, and significantly lower perceived physical health than the LSWDAI profile. Over emphasis on shape/weight, regardless of depression and anxiety, is associated with elevated weight and negative internalized health views.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-176
Number of pages9
JournalBody Image
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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Self Concept
Young Adult
Anxiety
Depression
Weights and Measures
Health
Body Mass Index

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  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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Relating shape/weight based self-esteem, depression, and anxiety with weight and perceived physical health among young adults. / Kamody, Rebecca C.; Thurston, Idia; Decker, Kristina M.; Kaufman, Caroline C.; Sonneville, Kendrin R.; Richmond, Tracy K.

In: Body Image, Vol. 25, 01.06.2018, p. 168-176.

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Kamody, Rebecca C. ; Thurston, Idia ; Decker, Kristina M. ; Kaufman, Caroline C. ; Sonneville, Kendrin R. ; Richmond, Tracy K. / Relating shape/weight based self-esteem, depression, and anxiety with weight and perceived physical health among young adults. In: Body Image. 2018 ; Vol. 25. pp. 168-176.
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