Your physical appearance is perhaps one reason why you might want to shed those extra pounds. If this is true about you, do you also compare your physical appearance to that of other women? Comparing yourself to other women can have a number of outcomes. It can be a motivating experience, one in which you try even harder to lose your unwanted weight. But appearance comparisons to others can also have the very opposite effect, making you not even want to try to reduce your weight.
How do these physical appearance comparisons work for you? How frequently do you compare various aspects of your physical appearance with others and in what settings? How often do you compare your overall physical appearance, your weight, your body shape, your body size, and your body fat? Where and when do you compare? Is it when you are in public, when meeting a new person, at work or school, shopping for clothes, at a party, at the gym, and with a group of friends? How frequently do you compare yourself with others: never, seldom, sometimes, often, or always (reference: Development and Validation of the Physical Comparison Scale-Revised)