How health-related behaviors predict body-esteem in men

M Bidzan, O Yousaf, M Lipowski, M Lipowska

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While there is a general consensus on the biological implications of health-related behaviors, there is little research on the implications of health-related behaviors on body-esteem in a nonclinical population of men. This study aimed to examine, using a multidimensional measure of health-related behaviors and controlling for body mass index (BMI), whether body-esteem in men can be predicted by health-related behaviors. Five hundred and sixty-one men between the ages of 30 and 45 years (M = 35.42, SD = 4.41) completed the Body-Esteem Scale (BES), the Health Behaviour Inventory (HBI), and a questionnaire covering anthropometric measures including height and weight. Multiple regression analyses revealed that health-related behaviors (including positive nutrition habits, positive attitude, and healthy practices) significantly predicted body-esteem, R2adj = 0.05, F(5, 540) = 6.91, p < .001. The results are discussed in relation to healthy lifestyle promotion interventions targeting men.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1901-1907
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • body image
  • mental health
  • health related behaviors
  • men
  • body esteem


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