Body appreciation and associated factors among adolescents and young women

ABSTRACT Objective: To investigate the factors that influence the body appreciation among adolescents and young women. Methods: Participants (n = 242) answered questionnaires that assessed body appreciation, body dissatisfaction, sociocultural influence, eating attitudes and self-esteem. Results: The correlation analysis revealed that all variables were associated with body appreciation. The multiple linear regression model pointed to body satisfaction as the main predictor of greater body appreciation, followed by self-esteem, eating attitudes and a lower influence of the media. Conclusions: These results contribute to the understanding of positive body image among Brazilian adolescents and youngsters, pointing out important issues and challenges for future research.