Associations Between Women’s Body Image and Happiness: Results of the Body Image Survey (YBIS)

Viren Swami*, Ulrich S. Tran, Stefan Stieger, Martin Voracek, YouBeauty com Team The

*Corresponding author for this work

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Studies that have examined associations between body image and well-being have used limited measures of the former or have utilised small convenience samples. Here, we report on data from 9,667 Western women (US residents n = 8,925, non-US residents n = 742) who completed the online YouBeauty Body Image Survey. Respondents completed measures of weight-based body dissatisfaction, body appreciation, and subjective happiness, and provided demographic data including their education, age, and body mass index (BMI). Preliminary analyses indicated that 89.0 % of women evidenced weight-based body dissatisfaction, with the majority (84.1 %) wanting to be thinner. Path analysis showed that body appreciation positively predicted subjective happiness. BMI was negatively associated with body appreciation, but showed a direct positive association associated with subjective happiness. Controlling for BMI, body dissatisfaction had no significant association with subjective happiness. In addition, older and non-US respondents had higher body appreciation. Implications of the present results for intervention studies aimed at promoting healthier body image are discussed in conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-718
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Body appreciation
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Body image
  • Body mass index
  • Happiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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