Mumbod? A comparison of body image and dietary restraint among women with younger, older, and no children

Zali Yager, Ivanka Prichard, Laura Hart, Stephanie R. Damiano

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Abstract

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are times of significant body, and body image changes for women. Adult women (N = 885) aged 21 to 47 years old completed an online questionnaire. Mothers of young children (0–5 years) had significantly lower levels of body shame, self-objectification, and dietary restraint than women without children, and women with school-aged (6–10 years) children had significantly lower self objectification than women without children, once we controlled for age. BMI predicted body shame more than motherhood status. This research has implications for the development of appropriate body image interventions for adult women.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date28 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • body image
  • maternal mental health
  • mother
  • objectification
  • postpartum

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