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Revista científica ciencias de la salud

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FERREIRA-RISSO, Patricia; OCAMPOS-ROMERO, Johana  and  VELAZQUEZ-COMELLI, Patricia. Concordance between perception of body image and real nutritional status in students of the nutrition career of private universities in Asunción. Rev. cient. cienc. salud [online]. 2020, vol.2, n.1, pp.35-43. ISSN 2664-2891.

Background: Alteration in the perception of body image is a characteristic of certain eating disorders. Among the risk groups, students of nutrition career are found. Objective: to determine the concordance between the actual nutritional status and the perception of the body image of first and second year students of the nutrition career of private universities in Asunción in August 2019. In an analytical correlation study, a non-probabilistic sample of 97 students was included. A self-administered questionnaire that included sociodemographic data was used; actual nutritional status was determined by Body Mass Index and perception of body image by the Stunkard silhouettes scale. Distortion of the body image was considered when between the real and the perceived BMI it was above or below -2 and +2;for association between variables a p value of<0.05was considered statistical significant. Results: Real nutritional status was normal in 68% of the students; 36% presented distortion of their body image. Concordance between the actual nutritional status and the perception of body image was moderate (Kappa 0.491).Discrepancy between real nutritional status and perceived body image was higher in those who presented underweight and overweight. Conclusion: Students with underweight overestimated their weight which it could put them at risk of some eating disorder, and those who underestimated their weight are likely to suffer obesity for not dimensioning it as a problem.

Keywords : nutritional status; body image; perceptual distortion; students.

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