Psychological and Physical Correlates of Body Image Dissatisfaction among High School Egyptian Students

  • Walaa Badr Family medicine specialist, Ministry of health and population, Egypt
  • Hesham Hamoda Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
  • Randa Helal Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
  • Hanan Elsayed Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
  • Mahmoud El-Wasify Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
  • Mostafa Amr Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
Keywords: Anxiety, body shape concern, depression, Egypt, secondary school students

Abstract

Background: Body image is one of the most important psychological factors that affects adolescents’ personality and behavior. Body image can be defined as the person’s perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about his or her body.

Objectives: to identify the prevalence of body image concerns among secondary school students and its relation to different factors.

Subjects and methods: A cross-sectional study conducted in which 796 secondary school students participated and body shape concerns was investigated using the body shape questionnaire (BSQ-34).

Results: The prevalence of moderate/marked concern was (21.6%). Moderate/ marked body shape concern was significantly associated with unemployed fathers and mothers, low level of maternal education, lower socioeconomic status, concern with body weight or problematic eating, increased BMI, increased anxiety and depression.

Conclusions: The high prevalence of moderate/marked dissatisfaction with body shape and its possible relation to subsequent hazards such as eating disorders, depression, and anxiety should be of concern.

Published
2021-08-30
How to Cite
Badr, W., Hamoda, H., Helal, R., Elsayed, H., El-Wasify, M., & Amr, M. (2021). Psychological and Physical Correlates of Body Image Dissatisfaction among High School Egyptian Students. AL-Kindy College Medical Journal, 17(2), 115-123. Retrieved from https://jkmc.uobaghdad.edu.iq/index.php/MEDICAL/article/view/539