ii ABSTRACTAn acceptance model of intuitive eating has been empirically supported withtraditionally-aged female undergraduates (Avalos & Tylka, 2006). The present studyextends this research by testing its tenets with women aged 18-24 (n=307) and womenaged 25-79 (n=381). Latent variable structural equation modeling (SEM) with multiplegroup analysis was used to test model invariance and evaluate the proposed pathwaysamong this model's core constructs (general unconditional acceptance, body acceptancefrom others, body function, body appreciation, intuitive eating). Findings were consistentfor both groups of women. After controlling for body mass, general unconditionalacceptance (i.e., perceived social support) directly predicted body appreciation by others.Body appreciation by others predicted body function and body appreciation. Bodyfunction, then, predicted body appreciation and intuitive eating. Finally, bodyappreciation predicted intuitive eating for participants of the present study. Analyses alsoindicated model invariance. These results replicated and extend findings of Avalos andTylka (2006), suggesting that the acceptance model extended to women older thantraditionally-aged undergraduates; however, the core constructs may be associated atsomewhat different strengths for older and younger women.