Journal of Obesity / 2015 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

Perceived and Ideal Body Image in Young Women in South Western Saudi Arabia

Table 2

A cross-tabulation of the warped self-image (discrepancy between actual and perceived body image) and discrepancy in subjective goal image (between perceived and ideal body image), presented in frequencies and percentages. The categories of the discrepancies show that an agreement between the actual, perceived, and ideal body image is met in the middle of the table, that is, the value 147 (23.3%) of all cases. All other values report a kind of discrepancy in body image.

Discrepancy between actual and perceived body image (warped self-image) Total
Feels thinner than one actually isAccurate body imageFeels heavier than one actually is

Discrepancy in subjective goal image, that is, between
perceived and ideal body image
Wants to be thinner than perceived body image37 (5.9)161 (25.5)80 (12.7)278 (44.1)
“Inaccurately feels thin and wants to be thinner”“Accurate body image and wants to be thinner”“Inaccurately feels heavy and wants to be thinner”
Current body image is ok44 (7.0)147 (23.3)37 (5.9)228 (36.2)
“Feels thin and satisfied”“Accurate body image and satisfied”“Feels heavy and satisfied”
Wants to be heavier than perceived body image23 (3.6)98 (15.6)3 (0.5)124 (19.7)
“Inaccurately feels thin and wants to be heavier”“Accurate body image and wants to be heavier”“Inaccurately feels heavy and wants to be heavier”

Total104 (16.5)406 (64.4)120 (19.1)630 (100)

Pearson Chi-square 41.8 (df = 4), value < 0.0001.

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