Journal article

Beach body ready? Shredding for summer? A first look at "seasonal body image"

Scott Griffiths, Emma Austen, Isabel Krug, Khandis Blake

BODY IMAGE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

We introduce the term "seasonal body image" to refer to within-person variation in body image that occurs across the Gregorian seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Herein, we (i) quantified and visualised seasonal body image and its mechanisms, and (ii) identified individual predictors of seasonal body image. Sexual minority men (N = 823) residing in the Northern Hemisphere (n = 659) and Southern Hemisphere (n = 164) provided cross-sectional data about their experiences of body image phenomena in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Most reported seasonal body image (∼70 %). As hypothesised, in Summer we observed peaks for body dissatisfaction alongside peaks in four proposed season..

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