Body image in middle-aged HIV-infected and uninfected women

A. Sharma, A. A. Howard, E. E. Schoenbaum, D. Buono, M. P. Webber

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We assessed factors associated with negative body image among 225 HIV-infected and 207 uninfected women. Standardized interviews obtained sociodemographic data and elicited agreement with the statement: 'Overall I am satisfied with my body shape'. Height and weight were measured. Overall, 39% of the women were obese and 47% had a negative body image. Factors independently associated with negative body image were HIV-infection, BMI, and depression. Given the high prevalence of obesity and negative body image, interventions aimed at assisting women with weight loss are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)998-1003
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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