Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 361–371 | Cite as

Aspects of body image perception in obese and normal-weight youngsters

  • Gloria R. Leon
  • Kelly M. Bemis
  • Mary Meland
  • Daniel Nussbaum


Perceptual and projective aspects of body image in obese youngsters (not in psychological treatment) and normal-weight youngsters 8–9 years of age and 12–13 years of age were investigated. The results indicate that perceptual distortions in estimating various body dimensions of oneself are primarily a function of age rather than weight status. The accuracy of estimating the weight of peers and an adult showed an association with the sex of the subject. No group differences were found in terms of projective aspects of body image as measured by barrier and penetration responses. This study suggests that obese youngsters in the middle childhood and entering puberty periods in comparison to normal-weight youngsters of the same age do not manifest differences in perceptual factors of body image.


Body Image Weight Status Psychological Treatment Middle Childhood Body Dimension 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria R. Leon
    • 1
  • Kelly M. Bemis
    • 1
  • Mary Meland
    • 2
  • Daniel Nussbaum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis
  2. 2.Group Health, Inc.USA

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