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    A daily diary study of self-compassion, body image, and eating behavior in female college students

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    Summary: A study evidently, it was noticed that the eating and the body image benefits of self-compassion might emerge. Not only from being a generally self-compassionate person. But also from treating oneself with more self-compassion than usual on that particular day.

    Source: Body Image.

    Self compassion is something whose practice has undoubtedly brought about positive changes in the lives of people who actively practice it. Let us delve into the question, if self compassion has any clinical significance. It has been largely observed that self-compassion is associated with healthier body image and eating behavior. However, it is worth noting here that these findings have generally emerged at the between-persons level only.

    Study showing problem of overweight

    A study was conducted by some eminent psychologists of University of Waterloo. That have investigated the unique contributions of within-person variability in self-compassion, as well as that of between-person differences in the context of self-compassion. With respect to body image besides eating behavior.

    For the purpose of the above mentioned study, 92 female college students were taken. For over seven days, these students had to complete nightly measures of self-compassion, dietary restraint, self-esteem, intuitive eating, body satisfaction, body appreciation, and state body image. Multilevel modeling of the data represented that within-persons, day-to-day fluctuations in self-compassion contributed to day-to-day changes in both body image and eating.

    On the other hand, between-person participants’ average levels of self-compassion across days contributed to their average levels of body image besides the eating over the week.

    These results are generally held when the controlling was considered for within- and between-persons self-esteem. It was evidently observed that the eating and the body image benefits of self-compassion might appear. Not only from being a generally self-compassionate person,. But also from treating oneself with more self-compassion than usual on that particular day.

    Published: Body Image.

    Contact: Alison C. Kelly, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.

    Details: Image source IStock

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