Salud mental de personas con percepción distorsionada del peso que usan remedios medicinales: un estudio representativo

Translated title of the contribution: Mental health of people with distorted body weight perception using medicinal remedies: A representative study

Meelim Kim, Seonyeop Kim, Woojun Kim, Hyung Jin Choi

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Abstract

Background/Objective: We aimed to examine the prevalence of distorted body weight perception (BWP) and the choice of weight control strategies to investigate the associations between the psychological features and the different strategies for controlling body weight. Method: We used a representative nationwide 39-item survey to randomly select 1,000 participants. The extrapolated number (eN) to the whole national population was also reported. Self-BWP, weight control strategies, and obesity-related psychological conditions including anxiety, self-esteem, body satisfaction, obesity-related quality-of-life (QoL), and eating attitudes were assessed. Results: Among men, 39.30% (eN = 5,887,137) underestimated, whereas 24.90% (eN = 3,290,847) of women overestimated their weight. In contrast to 2% (eN = 271,745) of men, 15.20% (eN = 2,012,262) of women sought medical support to control their weight. Men and women who used medical support for weight management and women who overestimated their weight reported the most unfavorable psychological conditions (anxiety, self-esteem, body satisfaction, QoL, and eating attitudes; p < .05). Conclusions: A prevalent burden of psychological problems related to distorted BWP and weight control strategies was revealed. People with distorted BWP and using medical procedures for their weight control could be at a higher risk of psychological disorders. Therefore, body weight-related psychological problems call for urgent public health policies.

Translated title of the contributionMental health of people with distorted body weight perception using medicinal remedies: A representative study
Original languageSpanish
Article number100224
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2021

Keywords

  • Body weight distortion
  • Descriptive survey study
  • Psychological conditions
  • Weight control strategies

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