Does Better Body Image Motivate Weight Loss?Posted on Jul 19th 2011 1:00PM by That's Fit Editors
That may sound like putting cart before the horse, since being overweight or not measuring up to societal standards of beauty can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem. But feeling better about your body might be key to reaching a healthy weight.
e! Science News reports that researchers from the Technical University of Lisbon and Bangor University enrolled a group of overweight and obese women in a year-long weight loss program. Half of the women were given general health information about proper nutrition and stress while the other half attended weekly group sessions where issues regarding "exercise, emotional eating, improving body image and the recognition of, and how to overcome, personal barriers to weight loss and lapses from the diet were discussed."
They found that for women who participated in the group sessions, the way they felt about their bodies improved. They were also better able self-regulate their eating habits and lost much more weight compared to the other group.
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