publication . Article . 2016

Ideal Body Size as a Mediator for the Gender-Specific Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Body Mass Index

Maryam Yepes; Jürgen Maurer; Silvia Stringhini; Barathi Viswanathan; Jude Gedeon; Pascal Bovet;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: Health Education & Behavior, volume 43, pages 56S-63S (issn: 1090-1981, eissn: 1552-6127, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
While obesity continues to rise globally the associations between body size gender and socioeconomic status (SES) seem to vary in different populations and little is known on the contribution of perceived ideal body size in the social disparity of obesity in African countries. We examined the gender and socioeconomic patterns of body mass index (BMI) and perceived ideal body size in the Seychelles a middle income small island state in the African region. We also assessed the potential role of perceived ideal body size as a mediator for the gender specific association between SES and BMI. A population based survey of 1240 adults aged 25 to 64 years conducted in D...
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free text keywords: Demography, Educational attainment, Psychology, Socioeconomic status, Social class, Social influence, Body mass index, Middle class, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Obesity, medicine.disease, medicine, Population, education.field_of_study, education
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