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dc.contributor.authorNaigaga, Desire Alice Sandra Mpolampola
dc.contributor.authorJahanlu, David
dc.contributor.authorClaudius, Hanne Marit
dc.contributor.authorGjerlaug, Anne Karine
dc.contributor.authorBarikmo, Ingrid
dc.contributor.authorHenjum, Sigrun
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-03T18:28:39Z
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-02T15:05:16Z
dc.date.available2018-12-03T18:28:39Z
dc.date.available2019-01-02T15:05:16Z
dc.date.issued2018-02-09
dc.identifier.citationNaigaga DASM, Jahanlu D, Claudius, Gjerlaug AK, Barikmo I, Henjum S. Body size perceptions and preferences favor overweight in adult Saharawi refugees. Nutrition Journal. 2018;17(1):17en
dc.identifier.issn1475-2891
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10642/6453
dc.description.abstractBackground: Culture affects body image and body size perceptions from an early age and in many African countries, overweight has been associated with richness, health, strength, and fertility. The present study investigated body size perceptions and preferences in an African refugee population. Methods: The cross-sectional study was comprised of 180 and 175 randomly selected Saharawi women and men, respectively, between 18 and 80 years. Stunkard’s body figure scale was used to identify self-perceived body size, desired body size and desired body size in the opposite gender. Results: Approximately half of the participants had a correct self-perceived body size; among them 70% did not have a desire to have a smaller body size. Among women who preferred a body size corresponding to overweight in men, 77% also had a desired body size corresponding to overweight; compared to 43% for men. The youngest participants (18–25 years) were the least likely to overestimate their body size in comparison to the older participants (26–45 years and 46–80 years). Conclusion: We found an overall preference for an overweight body size, and a significant difference in body size perception associated with age.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study had financial support from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and Norwegian Church Aid.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBMCen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNutrition Journal;17:17
dc.rights© The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectOverweighten
dc.subjectObesityen
dc.subjectSaharawi refugeesen
dc.subjectBody size perceptionsen
dc.subjectDesired body sizesen
dc.subjectBody discrepanciesen
dc.titleBody size perceptions and preferences favor overweight in adult Saharawi refugeesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.typePeer revieweden
dc.date.updated2018-12-03T18:28:39Z
dc.description.versionpublishedVersionen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12937-018-0330-5
dc.identifier.cristinID1572994
dc.source.issn1475-2891
dc.relation.journalNutrition Journal


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© The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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