A study on consciousness of urban girls about their body image and body weight in north Kolkata, West Bengal. Body image and body weight among girls

The present study explores the association between body image attitude and perception and age and actual weight status of urban girls aged between 14 and 22 years. The association of body weight concern and related behaviour with age and actual weight status of these girls were also examined. The study sample included 150 unmarried and married girls residing in the city of north Kolkata, West Bengal. Information on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, body image perception and attitude, weight concern and related behaviour was collected using standard pretested questionnaires. Anthropometric measurements taken included height and weight. Results show that there was a significant association of body image perception and attitude with age group and actual weight status of the participants. Moreover, multivariate analysis shows that age and actual weight status of the participants were the significant predictors of body weight concern and related behaviour among them.