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Body weight and body image among a sample of female and male South African university students

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dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-22 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T21:40:00Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T21:40:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/3348
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to assess body weight and body image among South African male and female university students. Participants (N=289), 189 women and 100 men, were systematically chosen from non-health sciences courses in a class setting. The Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire (MBSRQ) comprising of 10 subscales was administered and anthropometric measurements (weight and height) were taken. Results indicate that almost one-third (30.5%) of the women and 8.7% of the men were overweight or obese, and 15.2% of the men and 9.6% of the women were underweight, 3.4% of the women and none of the men were obese. A large proportion of the males and of the females had misconceptions about their body weight. Multivariable linear regression identified for women self-classified overweight, negative appearance orientation, positive health evaluation, positive illness orientation and overweight preoccupation as independent predictors for Body Mass Index (BMI), and for men self-classified overweight and overweight preoccupation as independent predictors for BMI. Body image perceptions are important in the management of weight control. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject BODY IMAGE en
dc.subject WEIGHT MANAGEMENT en
dc.subject OBESITY en
dc.subject UNIVERSITY STUDENTS en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.title Body weight and body image among a sample of female and male South African university students en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 10(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2012/13 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle Gender and Behaviour en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7334 en
dc.PageNumber 4509-4522 en
dc.outputnumber 5982 en
dc.bibliographictitle Peltzer, K. & Pengpid, S. (2012) Body weight and body image among a sample of female and male South African university students. <i>Gender and Behaviour</i>. 10(1):4509-4522. en
dc.publicationyear 2012 en
dc.contributor.author1 Peltzer, K. en
dc.contributor.author2 Pengpid, S. en


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