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Title: Body composition and body image perception in portuguese and spanish college students: comparative study between overweight /obese and normal weight women
Authors: Pereira, Elza
Lacerda, Fernanda
Valador, Natacha
Ferro-Lebres, Vera
Arroyo, Marta
Keywords: Body image
Body composition
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Pereira, Elza; Lacerda, Fernanda; Valador, Natacha; Ferro- Lebres, Vera; Arroyo, Marta (2008) - Body composition and body image perception in portuguese and spanish college students: comparative study between overweight /obese and normal weight women. Nature Publishing Group. ISSN 0307-0565 32, p.S126
Series/Report no.: 32;
Abstract: Objective: To evaluate body image perception and compare with real measures of body composition between overweight/obese and normal weight women college students. Subjects: The reported sample included 600 students from Portugal and Spain. Material and Methods: The anthropometry variables: weight, height, skinfolds, circumferences and body mass index, waist-hip ratio, percentage of body fat and fat-free mass- FFM were compared with reference values. The body image perception and satisfaction were estimated using Somatomorphic Matrix and Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ34). With the difference between actual and ideal measures was obtained the dissatisfaction through body image. For data analysis was used t-test and Pearson correlation. Results:10,7% of the Spanish sample was overweight/obese. Statistical significance was found between real and ideal FFM (P<0,01), showing a medium body dissatisfaction. Fat mass was well estimated. The Portuguese measures are elapsing now. The results will be finished before the congress date. Conclusions: These results constitute a first approach of body image perception and satisfaction, in Portuguese and Spanish students. Recent studies consider the cultural thinness preoccupation, the weight prejudice and disturbances in body image, mainly a discrepancy between perceived and ideal body image, extending beyond the health risks associated with obesity, and have become a serious problem. And the effect of body size and composition feedback is more pronounced in overweighted. Our study shows the importance of public health actions in the education of body image perception and satisfaction in Portugal and Spain, as a measure preventing eating disorders and other mental disturbances, especially between overweight/obese women.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0307-0565
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