Body-image perception and dissatisfaction: acknowledging the sociocultural factors of obesity in South Africa

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): Z.J.Mchiza, D.Labadarios, W.Parker, N.Bikitsha
KEYWORDS: BODY IMAGE, HEALTH, OBESITY, SOCIO-CULTURAL PRACTICES, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9175

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Abstract

The majority of underweight and overweight South Africans seem to be unaware that they are in danger, in the longer term, of ill health. They tend to misperceive their body size and they lack an understanding of the term 'normal/ healthy' body size.