Jamila Bookwala and Jenny Boyar, Department of Psychology, Lafayette College.
GENDER, EXCESSIVE BODY WEIGHT, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING IN ADULTHOOD
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2008
© 2008 Division 35, American Psychological Association
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 188–195, June 2008
How to Cite
Bookwala, J. and Boyar, J. (2008), GENDER, EXCESSIVE BODY WEIGHT, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING IN ADULTHOOD. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32: 188–195. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00423.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2008
- Initial submission: June 27, 2007Initial acceptance: September 14, 2007Final acceptance: October 22, 2007
We examined gender differences in the association between body mass index (BMI) and psychological well-being. Regression analysis involving 3,251 adults indicated that gender moderated the BMI–psychological well-being link. In follow-up analyses, higher BMI predicted lower psychological well-being only among women. When participants were categorized into 5 BMI groups, women reported lower psychological well-being than men in the overweight and obese I groups, but no gender differences were observed in the more seriously obese or normal-weight groups. Also, among women, all 4 groups with higher-than-normal BMI had lower psychological well-being than normal-weight women; for men, no significant differences were found across the 5 groups. These findings are discussed in relation to research on stigma theory and gender-differentiated cultural norms regarding weight.