A Comparison of Body Perceptions in Relation to Measured Body Composition in Young Japanese Males and Females
Kagawa, Masaharu, Kuroiwa, Chiharu , Uenishi, Kazuhiro , Mori, Miki , Dhaliwal, Satvinder , Hills, Andrew P., & Binns, Colin W. (2007) A Comparison of Body Perceptions in Relation to Measured Body Composition in Young Japanese Males and Females. Body Image, 4(4), pp. 372-380.
The body composition of 139 Japanese females and 84 Japanese males (aged 18–30 years) was measured using anthropometry to assess gender differences in body perceptions in relation to their measured values. Participants were asked to rate perceptions of their own "heaviness" and "fatness" and these were compared to their BMI and percent body fat (%BF). Japanese females showed a significantly greater desire to lose body weight (−4.20 ± 0.6 kg) compared to males (0.27 ± 1.4 kg). Females also showed poor understanding of their "heaviness" and "fatness" in relation to actual body composition compared to males. The results confirmed distinct gender differences in body perception in relation to actual body composition and attitudes to weight management. Further promotion of "healthy" body image is recommended for the Japanese population.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Body perception, Japanese, Anthropometry, Percentage body fat, Gender|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Elsevier|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||15 May 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:37|
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