Fat ′n Happy 5 Years Later: Is It Bad for Overweight Girls to Like Their Bodies?

Patricia van den Berg, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

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Does a moderate degree of body dissatisfaction motivate overweight adolescents to lose weight? We examined the relationship between body satisfaction and BMI 5 years later in overweight adolescent girls from Project EAT (Eating Among Teens), and found that girls with higher body satisfaction gained less weight over 5 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-417
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by Grant R40 MC 00319 (PI: Neumark-Sztainer) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. The first author was supported by the Adolescent Health Protection Program (School of Nursing, University of Minnesota) grant number T01-DP000112 (PI: Bearinger) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the granting institutions.

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Adolescents
  • Body image
  • Body satisfaction
  • Eating disorders
  • Females
  • Motivation: Body mass index
  • Overweight
  • Weight loss


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