Comparisons of attitudes and practices between obese and normal weight women in Taiwan

Shene Pin Hu, Tzu Yin Chiang, Sung Ling Yeh, Yi Wen Chien

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This study was designed to obtain baseline data regarding self-reported body image, attitudes toward overweight people, and dietary behaviors of normal-weight and obese women in Taiwan. Fifty obese women (BMI ≧ 27) and age-matched normal-weight women participated in this study. Written questionnaires were used for data collection. Simple frequency and t-test were used to analyze data. In general, the majority of normal-weight women perceived themselves as being heavier than their actual body weight. The normal-weight group had more high inaccurate images of their bodies than that of the obese group (72% vs. 24%). Obese and normal-weight women had similar attitudes to overweight people, but some of their attitudes showed significant differences. Obese women would prefer to consume more fried foods and drink sugar-containing foods than would normal-weight women (p < 0.05). Education about accurate perceptions of what is normal weight for women and adopting energy-diluted foods for obese women is needed in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-571
Number of pages5
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • Food and beverage practices
  • Normal-weight
  • Obese people
  • Weight-related attitudes
  • Women Chinese

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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