Studies that have examined associations between body image and well-being
have used limited measures of the former or have utilised small convenience samples.
Here, we report on data from 9,667 Western women (US residents n = 8,925, non-US
residents n = 742) who completed the online YouBeauty Body Image Survey. Respondents
completed measures of weight-based body dissatisfaction, body appreciation, and
subjective happiness, and provided demographic data including their education, age, and
body mass index (BMI). Preliminary analyses indicated that 89.0 % of women evidenced
weight-based body dissatisfaction, with the majority (84.1 %) wanting to be thinner. Path
analysis showed that body appreciation positively predicted subjective happiness. BMI was
negatively associated with body appreciation, but showed a direct positive association
associated with subjective happiness. Controlling for BMI, body dissatisfaction had no
significant association with subjective happiness. In addition, older and non-US respondents
had higher body appreciation. Implications of the present results for intervention
studies aimed at promoting healthier body image are discussed in conclusion.