Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 413–422

When feeling attractive matters too much to women: A process underpinning the relation between psychological need satisfaction and unhealthy weight control behaviors

Authors

    • College of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Birmingham
  • Nikos Ntoumanis
    • College of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Birmingham
  • Jennifer Cumming
    • College of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Birmingham
  • Nikos L. D. Chatzisarantis
    • School of EducationNanyang Technical University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11031-011-9226-9

Cite this article as:
Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C., Ntoumanis, N., Cumming, J. et al. Motiv Emot (2011) 35: 413. doi:10.1007/s11031-011-9226-9

Abstract

This study examined a process model linking psychological need satisfaction to unhealthy weight control behaviors. Female University students (N = 220; M age = 20.47; SD = 5.07) completed questionnaires measuring need satisfaction, appearance-contingent self-worth, weight-related appearance anxiety and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Structural equation modeling revealed that need satisfaction indirectly related to engagement in unhealthy weight control behaviors through appearance-contingent self-worth and weight-related appearance anxiety. The results indicate that appearance-contingent self-worth might help to explain how low levels of psychological need satisfaction are related to maladaptive weight-related outcomes in young women.

Keywords

Appearance-contingent self-worth Appearance anxiety Disordered eating Self-determination theory

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