Exposure to natural environments, and photographs of natural environments, promotes more positive body image

Swami, Viren and Barron, David and Furnham, Adrian (2018) Exposure to natural environments, and photographs of natural environments, promotes more positive body image. Body Image, 24. pp. 82-94. ISSN 1873-6807

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Abstract

Five studies were conducted to understand the impact of nature exposure on body image. In three studies using different designs and outcome measures, British university students were exposed to photographs of natural or built environments. Results indicated that exposure to images of natural, but not built, environments resulted in improved state body image. In Study 4, British community participants went on a walk in a natural or built environment, with results indicating that the walk in a natural environment resulted in significantly higher state body appreciation, whereas the walk in a built environment resulted in significantly lower scores. In Study 5, British participants were recruited as they were entering a designed green space on their own volition. Results indicated that spending time in the green space led to improved state body appreciation. These results indicate that exposure to isomorphic or in-situ natural environments has positive effects on state body image.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Body image, Nature exposure, Natural environment, Body appreciation, Nature
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Viren Swami
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 01:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702556

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