Pagoto talks body image on NECN

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

January 09, 2013

How does one’s health affect body image?

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist, was a guest on the New England Cable News Morning Show on Jan. 9 to discuss the changing view of the “perfect” sized woman.

“Our image of the perfect body—very size driven—does not align well with what is a healthy body—more habit driven—one that is active, eats healthy and keeps risk factors at bay,” Dr. Pagoto said. “We have become very hung up on size and I think research suggests that it’s just more complicated than that.”

“So much focus is on weight, yet so many factors go into what makes someone healthy, and having a slightly elevated BMI doesn't necessarily mean you are unhealthy," she said.