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Quality of life impairment associated with body dissatisfaction in a general population sample of women

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Mond, JM and Mitchison, D and Latner, J and Owen, C and Rodgers, B, Quality of life impairment associated with body dissatisfaction in a general population sample of women, BMC Public Health, 13 Article 920. ISSN 1471-2458 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-920

Abstract

Background: In order to elucidate the individual and community health burden of body dissatisfaction (BD), we examined impairment in quality of life associated with BD in a large, general population sample of women.

Methods: Self-report measures of BD, health-related quality of life (SF-12 Physical and Mental Component Summary scales) and subjective quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF Psychological Functioning and Social Relationships subscales) were completed by 5,255 Australian women aged 18 to 42 years.

Results: Most participants (86.9%) reported some level of dissatisfaction with their weight or shape and more than one third (39.4%) reported moderate to marked dissatisfaction. Higher levels of BD were associated with poorer quality of life for all items of both quality of life measures, the degree of impairment being proportional to the degree of BD. Associations were strongest for items tapping mental health and psychosocial functioning, although greater BD was associated with substantially increased risk of impairment in certain aspects of physical health even when controlling for body weight. Post-hoc analysis indicated that the observed associations between BD and quality of life impairment were not accounted for by an association between BD and eating disorder symptoms.

Conclusions: In women, BD is associated with marked impairment in aspects of quality of life relating to mental health and psycho-social functioning and at least some aspects of physical health, independent of its association with body weight and eating disorder symptoms. Greater attention may need to be given to BD as a public health problem. The fact that BD is "normative" should not be taken to infer that it is benign.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Body dissatisfaction, Prevalence, Disability, Health Burden
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117811
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-27
Last Modified:2017-09-20
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