Body image profiles and exercise behaviours in early motherhood. A latent profile analysis

Anita M. Raspovic, Laura M. Hart, Zali Yager, Ivanka Prichard

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Abstract

Early motherhood may impact body image, and its relationship to exercise, potentially affecting mother and infant wellbeing. This study examined whether duration of weekly exercise differed according to body image profile (BIP) based on relative levels of body dissatisfaction and body appreciation. Survey data from 262 women, 0–5 years postpartum, were analysed. Latent profile analysis identified “average”, “dissatisfied” and “appreciative” BIPs. Significantly lower exercise was found in the dissatisfied compared to the appreciative BIP (p = 0.005), with marginally lower exercise in the dissatisfied compared to the average BIP (p = 0.029 with adjusted α = 0.02). This research has implications for designing targeted interventions supporting postpartum wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date25 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 May 2021

Keywords

  • body appreciation
  • body dissatisfaction
  • body image
  • exercise
  • mothers

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