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|Title: ||The association between young adults’ body image and indices of obesity|
|Citation: ||International Journal of Body Composition Research, 8(1): 1–6|
|Journal: ||International Journal of Body Composition Research|
|Issue Date: ||2010 |
|Abstract: ||Objective: To examine the association between body image and multiple indices of obesity in a sample of
130 young adults (59 males and 71 females, Mean age ± S.D. = 21.5 ± 4.7 years).
Methods: Participants completed the Multidimensional Body Self Relations Questionnaire-Appearance
Scales (MBSRQ-AS) prior to assessment of obesity indices. Body height and mass were assessed from which
BMI was determined as were waist and hip circumference from which waist circumference and waist to
hip ratio were used as indices of obesity. Per cent body fatness was also assessed using leg-to-leg bioelectrical
Results: Backwards linear regression indicated that per cent body fatness alone provided the best predictive
model of the appearance evaluation (P=0.0001), body areas satisfaction (P=0.0001), appearance orientation
(P=0.001) and overweight preoccupation (P=0.009) subscales of the MBSRQ.Waist circumference, BMI and
waist to hip ratio did not significantly contribute to the prediction models for scores on any of the subscales
of the MBSRQ. Per cent body fatness was more strongly related to all of the subscales of the MBSRQ than
the other indices of obesity assessed in this study.
Conclusions: Results of the present study therefore suggest that per cent body fatness is a better predictor
of body image in young adults compared to alternative indices of obesity commonly used in body image
research. Researchers should therefore seek also to use measures of per cent body fatness when examining
body image in young adults.|
|Appears in Collections: ||Sport, Exercise and Health Research Group|
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