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 1 2007



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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