Body appreciation, anxiety, and depression among a racially diverse sample of womenedit
This study aims to explore correlates between body appreciation and mental health among a racially and ethnically diverse sample of adult women using validated measures. The sample included racially and ethnically diverse women (N = 497) from various socioeconomic levels. Linear regression results indicated that body appreciation was significantly and inversely associated with depression (b = −3.68; p < 0.001). In this sample, as body appreciation increased, depression scores decreased. Similarly, body appreciation was significantly and inversely associated with anxiety among this sample (b = −1.78; p < 0.001). This article concludes with a discussion of findings and implications.