How Do I Look? Body Image Perceptions among University Students from England and Denmark

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604048
Title:
How Do I Look? Body Image Perceptions among University Students from England and Denmark
Authors:
El Ansari, Walid; Vodder Clausen, Susanne; Mabhala, Mzwandile A. ( 0000-0003-1350-7065 ) ; Stockton, Christine
Abstract:
This study examined differences in body image perception between university students in two European countries, United Kingdom and Denmark. A total of 816 British and 548 Danish university students participated in a cross-sectional survey. A self-administered questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information, body image perception (as “too thin”, “just right” or “too fat”), and the association of related factors with body image perception (nutrition behaviour, social support, perceived stressors and quality of life). The proportions of students who perceived themselves as “too thin”, “just right”, or “too fat” were 8.6%, 37.7%, and 53.7% respectively. Multi-factorial logistic regression analysis showed that students who perceived themselves as “too fat” were more likely to be from the British university, to be females, to be older than 30 years, to report stress due to their financial situation and were less likely to have a high quality of life. The findings highlight the need for interventions with focus on healthy food choices whilst acknowledging financial stressors and quality of life.
Affiliation:
University of Gloucestershire; University of Chester; Benfield University
Citation:
El Ansari, W., Vodder Clausen, S., Mabhala, M. A., & Stockton, C. (2010). How Do I Look? Body Image Perceptions among University Students from England and Denmark. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7(2), 583–595. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph7020583
Publisher:
MDPI
Journal:
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Publication Date:
21-Feb-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604048
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph7020583
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2872285/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
1660-4601
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorEl Ansari, Waliden
dc.contributor.authorVodder Clausen, Susanneen
dc.contributor.authorMabhala, Mzwandile A.en
dc.contributor.authorStockton, Christineen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-30T16:30:27Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-30T16:30:27Zen
dc.date.issued2010-02-21en
dc.identifier.citationEl Ansari, W., Vodder Clausen, S., Mabhala, M. A., & Stockton, C. (2010). How Do I Look? Body Image Perceptions among University Students from England and Denmark. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7(2), 583–595. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph7020583en
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph7020583en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604048en
dc.description.abstractThis study examined differences in body image perception between university students in two European countries, United Kingdom and Denmark. A total of 816 British and 548 Danish university students participated in a cross-sectional survey. A self-administered questionnaire assessed socio-demographic information, body image perception (as “too thin”, “just right” or “too fat”), and the association of related factors with body image perception (nutrition behaviour, social support, perceived stressors and quality of life). The proportions of students who perceived themselves as “too thin”, “just right”, or “too fat” were 8.6%, 37.7%, and 53.7% respectively. Multi-factorial logistic regression analysis showed that students who perceived themselves as “too fat” were more likely to be from the British university, to be females, to be older than 30 years, to report stress due to their financial situation and were less likely to have a high quality of life. The findings highlight the need for interventions with focus on healthy food choices whilst acknowledging financial stressors and quality of life.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMDPIen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2872285/en
dc.subjectbody image perception, student health, quality of life, gender, nutritionen
dc.titleHow Do I Look? Body Image Perceptions among University Students from England and Denmarken
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1660-4601en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Gloucestershire; University of Chester; Benfield Universityen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.en
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