A Meta-Analysis of Heavyweight and Self-Esteem

We examined this relation in studies thatfocused on participants' actual body weight and studies thatfocused on self-perceived degree of heavyweight or body dissatisfaction

Carol T. Miller

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • This study is a meta-analysis of the relation of heavyweight and self-esteem
  • We examined this relation in studies thatfocused on participants' actual body weight and studies thatfocused on self-perceived degree of heavyweight or body dissatisfaction
  • The overall mean effect size was moderate, with lower self-esteem associated with heavier weight
  • Effect sizes were larger for women than for men and for high school and college students than for children
  • Discussion centered on cultural, group, and individual differences that may influence the consequences on self-esteem of violating standards for appropriate body weight

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