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Perceived and ideal body image in young women in South Western Saudi Arabia
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society. Kristianstad University, Research Environment PRO-CARE, Patient Reported Outcomes - Clinical Assessment Research and Education. Karolinska Institute.
Kristianstad University, Research Environment PRO-CARE, Patient Reported Outcomes - Clinical Assessment Research and Education. Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Sjuksköterskeutbildningarna. Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4820-6203
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Obesity, Vol. 2015, 1-7- p., 697163Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives. The aim of this study was to investigate perceived and ideal body image (BI) and associated factors among female university students in Saudi Arabia. Methods. This cross-sectional study included 663 university female students. Anthropometric measurements including weight, height, BMI, and BI perception (the 9-figure silhouette) were obtained. Descriptive and logistic regression analysis were conducted. Results. An agreement between actual, perceived, and ideal BI was found in 23% of the participants. Behavioral (activity levels), social (presence of obese parents and fathers’ level of education), and economic factors (households’ monthly income, number of cars in the household, and kind of residence) were positively and significantly associated with the desire to be thinner. Similarly, socioeconomic associations (number of sisters and number of cars in the household) correlated positively and significantly with the desire to be heavier. Conclusions. The whole family should rather be considered in interventions related to appearance concerns and BI discrepancies. Furthermore, campaigns targeting improvement of adolescents’ physical self-image should be a major priority of the public health sector.

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2015. Vol. 2015, 1-7- p., 697163
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17380DOI: 10.1155/2015/697163ISI: 000214759900033PubMedID: 26640705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-17380DiVA: diva2:1147968
Available from: 2017-10-09 Created: 2017-10-09 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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