Body Appraisal, Weight Management Goals, and Well-Being Among Midlife Men and Women

Nicky J. Newton*, Sarah A. Russell, Dan P. McAdams

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In this paper, we assess the extent to which subjective and objective body appraisals relate to weight management goals and ultimately to life satisfaction in midlife men and women. The sample consisted of 141 midlife men and women (aged 55–59) from the Foley Longitudinal Study of Adulthood. We used both logistic and hierarchical linear regressions to examine relationships among and between variables. Both men and women expressed similar levels of body appraisal, and similar weight management goals; lower body appraisal and the presence of a weight management goal were both related to lower well-being. This study suggests that subjective and objective body appraisals may motivate the setting of weight management goals, and are significant contributors to well-being in midlife. Results are discussed in the context of aging, as well as gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Body appraisal
  • Gender
  • Life satisfaction
  • Midlife
  • Weight management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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