Exploration of height dissatisfaction, muscle dissatisfaction, body ideals, and eating disorder symptoms in men

Daniel Talbot, Justin Mahlberg

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


Objective: Height is a significant, yet under-studied dimension of body dissatisfaction in men. The present study examined the relationship between height dissatisfaction, height, muscle and fat dissatisfaction, body ideals, and eating disorder symptoms in men. Participants and methods: Participants were a sample of male undergraduate Australian students (N = 224) who were administered self-report measures of height, muscle, and fat dissatisfaction, eating disorder symptoms, and muscle and body fat body-ideals, and reported their height. Results: Results showed that height, muscle dissatisfaction, and desired muscularity were important for explaining height dissatisfaction. Additionally, although eating disorder symptoms did not uniquely predict height dissatisfaction, there were small positive correlations between height dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptoms. Conclusions: This study highlights the importance of height in male body dissatisfaction and its association with muscular dissatisfaction and desired muscularity, as well as the potential significance of height in male eating disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Body dissatisfaction
  • body image
  • eating disorders
  • height dissatisfaction
  • male
  • muscularity

Cite this