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Revista mexicana de trastornos alimentarios

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PINEDA-GARCIA, Gisela; MARTINEZ GARCIA, Concepción; GOMEZ-PERESMITRE, Gilda  y  PLATAS ACEVEDO, Silvia. Image and body weight in college students: Mexico-Spain comparative study. Rev. Mex. de trastor. aliment [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.3, pp.298-307.  Epub 09-Mayo-2022. ISSN 2007-1523.

The objectives of this study were: a. Compare the body mass index (BMI), alteration of body image and body dissatisfaction depending on sex and nationality (Spanish vs. Mexican); y b) Compare the level of body image alteration depending on BMI and nationality. 169 Spanish and Mexican college students participated. To measure body image the silhouettes test of Thompson and Gray (1995) was used, obtaining weight and height. The main findings indicate significant differences in BMI depending of nationality, not like that for sex; high figures of overweight and obesity among Mexicans were found and high percentages of normal weight among Spaniards. Significant differences were found in body dissatisfaction by sex and in the alteration by nationality and sex. Women from both nations are more dissatisfied than men, men underestimate their bodies more than women, Mexican alter to a greater extent than Spaniards. There is greater underestimation in people with overweight and obesity, significant relationship between the Mexican sample, not in the Spanish. The results are partially congruent with the previous literature.

Palabras llave : body image; dissatisfaction; alteration; BMI; Spain-Mexico.

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