Sex Roles

, Volume 52, Issue 1–2, pp 51–62 | Cite as

Self-Objectification Among Physically Active Women

  • Christy Greenleaf


Objectification Theory (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997) was used to examine (a) the mediation effects of body shame and flow on the relationship between self-objectification and disordered eating, (b) age differences in self-objectification, body shame, flow, and disordered eating, (c) the prediction of physical activity from self-objectification, flow, body shame, and disordered eating, and (d) the relationships between self-objectification, flow, and physical activity. Participants were 394 women ages 18–64. Results revealed that (a) body shame mediated the relationship between self-objectification and disordered eating, (b) younger women reported higher levels of self-objectification, body shame, dieting, and several flow characteristics, (c) older women scored higher on the loss of self-consciousness subscale of the flow measure, and (d) self-objectification was a significant predictor of physical activity.


self-objectification body image disordered eating. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Texas, Health Promotion, and RecreationDenton

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