• 1 Department of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK; Centre for Psychological Medicine, Perdana University, Serdang, Malaysia. Electronic address:
  • 2 Centre for Psychological Medicine, Perdana University, Serdang, Malaysia
  • 3 Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK
Body Image, 2018 Mar;24:82-94.
PMID: 29331662 DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.12.006


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.

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