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Biography

Haeryun Park, Ph.D, RD, was educated at Tufts University, School of Nutrition Science and Policy from 1984 to 1990 in USA. She is also a Registered Dietitian, certified from the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea. Currently she is working as a professor at Myongji University, South Korea, and serving as the editor-in-chief of the international journal, Nutrition Research and Practice, which is one of the two SCI indexed nutrition journals published in South Korea. Her research areas are nutritional epidemiology, nutrition education, and nutrition policy. She has been carrying out many projects funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, KFDA, and various regional governments etc. in Korea and providing with valuable advice to the government’s policy-making process

Abstract

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. Th e 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. Th e percentages of underweight women with self-perception of normal weight or obesity were 20.6%and 0.2%, respectively. Th e younger the underweight women are, the more did they regarded themselves normal or obese(p<0.05). Th e 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