Title

The Impact of Personal Metaphors and Memorable Interpersonal Communication on Body Satisfaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2014

Abstract

Memorable messages about body size can have profound negative psychological and emotional effects on body image and personal health. We found that both men and women recalled more negative than positive memorable messages about their body appearance and size. Participants who reported receiving negative memorable messages also revealed stronger current body dissatisfaction and poorer self-image than participants who reported positive memorable messages. Participants who received negative body comments also described their own body using negative metaphors. Negative memorable messages often occurred in front of third parties who expressed approval for the message, sometimes in the form of laughter. We discuss the mental health consequences of negative messages about body size and the implications for public health campaigns.

Publication Title

Qualitative Health Research

Volume

24

Issue

6

First Page

727

Last Page

737

DOI of Published Version

10.1177/1049732314529665

Publisher

Sage

Rights

© The Author(s) 2014