Sex Roles

, Volume 53, Issue 7–8, pp 505–518 | Cite as

Separating the Effects of Gender and Weight-Loss Desire on Body Satisfaction and Disordered Eating Behavior

  • Susan Kashubeck-WestEmail author
  • Laurie B. Mintz
  • Ingrid Weigold


The purpose of this study was to separate the effects of gender from those of desired weight loss on body satisfaction and eating disordered behavior. Therefore, we explored gender differences in a sample (N = 191) of men and women who wanted to lose weight. We expected that controlling for desire to lose weight would minimize gender differences; this was supported for (a) overall body dissatisfaction, and (b) degree of concern about, effect of, and importance of weight and appearance. Nevertheless, women reported (a) less satisfaction with several body parts, (b) stronger relations between body satisfaction and self-esteem, and (c) use of more weight-loss strategies. Exploratory analyses also were conducted to examine within-group differences among men. Implications are discussed.


body image eating disorders gender differences weight-loss strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Kashubeck-West
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Laurie B. Mintz
    • 2
  • Ingrid Weigold
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Counseling and Family TherapyUniversity of MissouriSt. Louis
  2. 2.Department of Educational, School, and Counseling PsychologyUniversity of MissouriColumbia
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyTexas Tech UniversityLubbock
  4. 4.Division of Counseling and Family TherapyUniversity of Missouri, St. LouisSt. Louis

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