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Measure: Body Image   #020400


Self-reported body size using a visual scale at selected ages and/or currently; or parents’ perception of their child’s body size.


This measure is used to assess an individual’s perception of his or her (and his or her children’s) body image. Self body image historically and currently, and body image of one’s children, is a useful indicator of health (i.e., predictive of weight status, diabetes, hypertension, and coronary disease) and mental well-being. Also, differences between self-perceived body image and measured status have been used to evaluate distorted body image in studies of eating disorders or other psychological or behavioral factors.



Anthropometrics, body mass index, BMI, mental health, Collins Scale, Pulvers Scale, Stunkard Scale, body image scales

Measure Release Date: October 1, 2015

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