Invitation to Participate in Study of Body Image in Women 50 and Older

By Rachel Walden — October 13, 2010

Readers are invited to participate in a study being conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Eating Disorders Research Program. Participants will complete an online survey about body image and weight concerns in adult women 50 years old and and over.

From the researchers:

In contrast to extensive knowledge about body image and weight concerns in young women, we know very little about how body image and weight concerns change as women mature. We would like to develop a deep understanding of how women age 50 and above feel and think about their bodies, both in terms of appearance and function.

If you are a woman age 50 or older, we invite you to follow the link below to answer 45 questions to help us understand the concerns that women have with their body, their appearance, and their health. We feel that this is an important topic that is central to the health and well-being of a growing and influential segment of the American population and hope to use the responses to inform service development for women over 50.

Your participation in this research study can take from 10-30 minutes depending on how many open-ended questions you would like to address. We very much appreciate your time and your help in addressing this important topic.

The survey is available at, which also provides information on the privacy of participants and the study’s contact personnel and institutional review board approval.

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