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Body image and obesity: effects of gender and weight on perceptual measures of body image.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9468739     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to assess effects of gender and measures of Body Mass Index on estimates of normal body size (NBS), current body size (CBS), and discrepancies between attainable (ABS) and desirable (LTB) sizes. A total of 98 women and 74 men, shown 9 male and 9 female thin-to-heavy figure silhouette drawings, chose one drawing (or between two) indicating NBS-Male, NBS-Female, CBS, ABS, and LTB scores. Discrepancy scores were calculated as ABS-LTB. BMI within-group variances for CBS-Female scores were heterogeneous. Discrepancy scores were significantly different for groups of females. Subjects agreed on judgments of a hypothetical normal male and female figure size; men in BMI groups agreed upon a figure representing their size and felt their desired size was attainable. Normal-weight women could not consistently estimate their size. Obese and very obese females underestimated their size and felt that a desired size was unattainable.
M L Leonhard; N J Barry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Addictive behaviors     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0306-4603     ISO Abbreviation:  Addict Behav     Publication Date:    1998 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-04-02     Completed Date:  1998-04-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603486     Medline TA:  Addict Behav     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Body Image*
Body Mass Index
Middle Aged
Obesity / psychology*
Sex Factors

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