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Mater Sociomed. 2012;24(1):34-7. doi: 10.5455/msm.2012.24.34-37.

Body satisfaction and management in Iranian students.

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Social Sciences Department, Human Sciences School, Shaid Bahonar University, Kerman, Iran (I.R).

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Despite the importance of body satisfaction on self concept and well being, there is little study about it or its consequences in Iranian populations, a part of Asian culture. The aim of this study was the assessment of body satisfaction and body management strategies in Iranian university students.

WORK METHOD:

This survey was performed based on a self-administrated questionnaire in 535 university and post graduate students.

WORK RESULTS:

About 2/3rd of the students had moderate to severe body dissatisfaction and 40% of the students were using body management methods. Rhinoplasty and heavy exercise were the most frequent body management methods in women and men, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Widespread research on body satisfaction prevalence and its management behaviors in the general population can be effective in reducing the negative health, social and economic consequences of harmful behaviors.

KEYWORDS:

Body management; Body satisfaction; Iran (I.R).; students

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