Impact of Television Viewing on Social Anxiety in Overweight Women: The Mediating Role of Perceived Attractiveness
The aim of the present study was to examine the perceived attractiveness as mediator in association amid television viewing and social anxiety. Purposive sampling strategy was employed in order to collect the data from 300 overweight women from different gymnasiums of Lahore city of Pakistan. The age range of overweight women was 18-24 years (M=21.39, SD=2.02) and BMI range was (25.0 <30). The study measures were Ward Active Viewing Scale (Ward & Rivadeneyra, 1999), Beliefs about Attractiveness ScaleRevised (Petrie, Rogers & Johnson, 1996) and Social Avoidance and Distress Scale (Watson & Friend, 1969). PROCESS v.3.4.1 Andrew F. Hayes (2012) mediation analysis along with descriptive statistics was employed in this study. The outcome of the present research illustrated that television viewing and perceived attractiveness has significant positive impact on social anxiety. Moreover, it was found that perceived attractiveness mediated the link between television viewing and anxiety related to social settings among overweight women. This study has implications in clinical settings.