Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Percent Body Fat Is Related to Body Shape Perception and Dissatisfaction

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Percent Body Fat Is Related to Body Shape Perception and Dissatisfaction

Article excerpt

Body shape (BS) dissatisfaction is especially prevalent in college-aged women but the prevalence of BS dissatisfaction has not been well described in students attending an all women's institution. It is also unclear whether a being in good physical condition is associated with BS dissatisfaction and perception. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of socioeconomic status (SES) and physiological measures on BS perceptions among female college students (N= 153; Mage [+ or -] SD = 19.6 [+ or -] 1.8 years) attending an all women's institution in order to implement preventative educational programs. Descriptive variables (M [+ or -] SD) included: Aerobic fitness ([VO.sub.2]max) estimated by the Queens College 3-min step test (34.8 [+ or -] 4.9 ml/kg/min); physical activity (PA) measured by the Lipid Research Clinic questionnaire scored on an ordinal scale from 1 (very active) to 3 (inactive) (1.9 [+ or -] .9) ; percent body fat (%BF) determined from three skinfolds (24.9 [+ or -] 7.3 %); and SES determined by annual household income arranged ordinally from 1 (< $0,000) to 4 (> $100,000) (2.2 [+ or -] .7). Using a set of nine female figure silhouette drawings arranged ordinally from 1 (very thin) to 9 (very heavy), participants were asked to choose the figure that approximated their current (4.2 [+ or -] 1.2), ideal (3.4 [+ or -] .7) and most attractive shape (ATT, 3. …

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