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Distorted body weight perception and its gender differences in middle-aged adults: Population based study

BMC Public Health Mar 08, 2020

Song Y, et al. - Using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers analyzed 8,363 middle-aged Koreans (aged 45–64 years) in order to assess the presence of distorted body weight perception in this population. They also explored gender disparities as well as other factors that add to a distorted body image about body weight. According to the findings, a greater prevalence of a distorted body image regarding body weight was reported among middle-aged men (45.3%) vs women (25.7%). The factors that were shown to be significantly related to distorted body weight perception in middle-aged men were age, income, perceived health status, and health behaviors, whereas psychological factors were related to distorted body weight perception among middle-aged women. There is a necessity of further inquiry on distorted body weight perception in order to acquire an understanding of the gender variations between middle-aged men and women in Korea.
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