Relationship between hardiness and achieving desired body mass index

Elaheh Nosrat Mirshekarlou, Bahram Rashidkhani*, Fatemeh Rezaiian, Farhad Vahid, Reza Najafi

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The relationship between personality and various aspects of successful weight loss goals has been elucidated in recent studies. Hardiness is an important aspect of personality that is not addressed in this area of research. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the relationship between hardiness and successful attempts to reach ideal body mass index (BMI). The hardiness score of 123 women age between 20 to 55 years old with a BMI greater than 25 who randomly recruited from sports clubs located in different areas of Tehran measured using Barton’s questionnaire. Initial BMI and BMI at the time of data collection extracted from the club archives. Analysis of covariance performed to evaluate whether hardiness score associated with BMI change. A significant BMI change was observed for the highest fertile of hardiness score (p-value = <0.001). After controlling for current age, educations, marital status, diet and occupation, hardiness score was positively associated with a reduction in BMI (b = 5.16, p<0.001). Findings from this study supports that hardiness is an important aspect of personality that influence weight loss attempts especially for people who are trying to reach this goal through exercise and therefore it should be, considered in weight loss programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-55
Number of pages6
JournalPakistan Journal of Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • BMI
  • Barton’s questionnaire
  • Hardiness score
  • Weight loss


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