What is it about?

Motivation for change and perseverance are the main factors in achieving set goals. Our research indicates that persistence deficits may be associated with being overweight obese or the possession of an eating disorder. Another important psychological factor is the subjective body image of people affected by these diseases. The aim of our study was to analyze the relationship between the subject’s assessment of their own weight and perseverance.

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Why is it important?

Our results indicate the relationship of perseverance with body image. In people who are overweight or obese, attention should be first paid to their subjective perception of their body. Applied therapies should be focused on self-esteem improvement as these techniques may help to increase one’s perseverance, and this is an important factor in their treatment.


I hope that the results of our research will help in the effective therapy of people with obesity and overweight. They will also pay more attention to harmful stereotypes and their impact on overweight and obese people.

Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland

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This page is a summary of: Is body image associated with perseverance? A study among people with normal and increased body weight, Psychology Research and Behavior Management, September 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.2147/prbm.s215440.
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