In the quest for an ideal body, individuals may attempt to force their bodies to another body image. This can cause a distortion of body image and lead to problems with the individual's self-esteem. A sample of male and female undergraduate students from Buena Vista University completed a body scale from Stunkard, Sorenson and Schulsinger (1983). The participants determined their actual, ideal and what they believe is their most attractive body type. The participants then completed a Rosenberg Self-Esteem inventory. Two objective observers rated the participant's actual body size.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Coleman, Megan L.
"Distorted Body Image and the Links to Self-Esteem,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/13