Published Papers - Abstract 87

Williams L & Germov J. Body acceptance: Exploring women's experiences. , 2004; : 403-426

In this chapter the concept of body acceptance is explored through the findings of a qualitative study of mid-age women. Women’s meanings, experiences, and reasons for body acceptance are discussed in terms of life achievements, the influence of significant others, and non-discriminatory personal beliefs. The ability of some women to achieve body acceptance is conceptualised using Anthony Giddens’ concept of life politics to explain how certain social processes enable women to exercise their agency. The chapter concludes by highlighting the importance of the findings for health professionals and others seeking to prevent the detrimental health consequences of body obsession and dieting through the promotion of body acceptance.