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How do you feel when you check your body? : Emotional states during a body-checking episode in normal-weight females

How do you feel when you check your body? : Emotional states during a body-checking episode in normal-weight females

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WILHELM, Leonie, Andrea S. HARTMANN FIRNKORN, Martin CORDES, Manuel WALDORF, Silja VOCKS, 2020. How do you feel when you check your body? : Emotional states during a body-checking episode in normal-weight females. In: Eating and weight disorders. Springer. 25(2), pp. 309-319. ISSN 1124-4909. eISSN 1590-1262. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s40519-018-0589-8

@article{Wilhelm2020-04check-55599, title={How do you feel when you check your body? : Emotional states during a body-checking episode in normal-weight females}, year={2020}, doi={10.1007/s40519-018-0589-8}, number={2}, volume={25}, issn={1124-4909}, journal={Eating and weight disorders}, pages={309--319}, author={Wilhelm, Leonie and Hartmann Firnkorn, Andrea S. and Cordes, Martin and Waldorf, Manuel and Vocks, Silja} }

terms-of-use Wilhelm, Leonie eng 2020-04 Cordes, Martin Waldorf, Manuel How do you feel when you check your body? : Emotional states during a body-checking episode in normal-weight females Purpose<br />Cognitive-behavioral theories posit that body checking decreases negative emotions, but increases levels of arousal. However, few studies have investigated the effects of body checking on the course of emotional states. Therefore, the current study examined how normal-weight females with higher and lower eating, weight, and shape concerns feel during a checking episode of their most-liked and least-liked body parts.<br />Methods<br />In an online design, levels of negative emotions and arousal were retrospectively assessed before, during, immediately after, and 15 min after an individually remembered body-checking episode. Participants (N = 355) also rated their subjective satisfaction with specific body parts.<br />Results<br />Levels of negative emotions were lower 15 min after the checking episode of most-liked and least-liked body parts than before the episode. However, negative emotions increased during the checking episode of least-liked body parts, but subsided thereafter. The levels of arousal increased during the checking episodes of most-liked and least-liked body parts and decreased afterwards, and females with higher concerns reported greater levels of arousal than females with lower concerns. Furthermore, females with higher concerns reported more body checking than those with lower concerns.<br />Conclusions<br />The results support the assumptions of the cognitive-behavioral theories, as body checking led to a decrease in negative emotions in the longer term, and levels of arousal increased during the checking episode. The greater levels of arousal in females with higher concerns, and their pronounced body-checking behavior, might enhance their existing concerns and increase the risk of disordered eating. Vocks, Silja Hartmann Firnkorn, Andrea S. Hartmann Firnkorn, Andrea S. Waldorf, Manuel Wilhelm, Leonie Cordes, Martin 2021-11-22T09:00:23Z 2021-11-22T09:00:23Z Vocks, Silja

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