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Discrepancy Between Actual Body Shape And Self-perceived Body Image In Different Age Groups Among Korean Women: Analysis Of 2010 Korea National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey Data | 33889
ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Discrepancy between actual body shape and self-perceived body image in different age groups among Korean women: Analysis of 2010 Korea national health and nutrition examination survey data

International Conference on Weight Loss and Fitness Expo

Song-Hee Kwon1, Cho-Rong Kim1, Na-Ri Park1, Hee-Mang Kim1, So-Yeon Jeong1, Young-Suk Lim1, Zuunnast Tserendejid2 and Haeryun Park1

1Myongji University, South Korea 2Mongolia Center for Improvement of Nutrition, Mongolia

Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Obes Weight Loss Ther

DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904.S1.018

Self perceived body image among women is drawing a lot of attention in Korea due to their unhealthy weight control behaviors. To determine the discrepancy ratio between body image perception and actual body shape, the 2010 KNHANES data of 1,747 Korean women were analyzed. The ratio of discrepancy between self-perceived body image and actual body shape was 38.5% in total showing 34.2% of oversized and 4.3% of undersized self-perception. The percentages of underweight women with self-perception of normal weight or obesity were 20.6%and 0.2%, respectively. The younger the underweight women are, the more did they regarded themselves normal or obese(p<0.05). The ratio of normal weight women having self-perception of obesity was 29.1% showing higher ratios in 30s and 40s compared to teens and 20s(p<0.01). On the contrary, the proportions of normal weight women having self-perception of underweight were 1.9%, 3.8%, 4.5% and 5.0% in teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s respectively. Inadequate body perception and unhealthy weight control behaviors need to be corrected to prevent nutritional disorders. Tailored nutrition education intervention has to be targeted to these women with incorrect body image perceptions.

Song-Hee Kwon is a Graduate student at Myongji University majoring in Food and Nutrition with interests in clinical nutrition and community nutrition. As a Research Assistant, she is taking part in the “Development of integrated program targeted at improving the dietary intake of the elderly with masticating and swallowing problems in the aged society” project with the Korea Health Promotion Foundation. She is also participating in the “Development of sodium adaptation index based on dietary habits of Korean” study sponsored by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

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