Exploring the factors related to body image dissatisfaction in the context of obesity
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Arch Psych Psych 2011;13(1):63–70
Aim. Self-esteem as well as emotion-oriented and problem-oriented coping strategies were examined as a possible predictive factors for body dissatisfaction in an obese female population. This study also examined the relationship between dissatisfaction with one's own body, self-esteem and stress-coping behaviours. Method. The study population consisted of 123 women, among whom there were 63 obese female (mean BMI = 37.0, SD = 8.0) and 60 non-obese female individuals (mean BMI = 23.0, SD = 7.6). All participants completed the Body Dissatisfaction Scale, the Self-Esteem Inventory and the Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced Scale. Results. Use of emotional support as an emotion-oriented coping strategy, coping planning and general self-esteem are found to be predictive of body dissatisfaction in women with obesity. Body dissatisfaction was positively correlated with behavioural disengagement as a coping strategy and negatively correlated with coping planning, positive reframing coping as well as different dimensions of self-esteem. Conclusion. Dissatisfaction with one's physical appearance in obese women is connected to emotionoriented coping strategies and low self-esteem.