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ABSTRACT

Background of the study: Overweight and obesity are due to abnormal or excessive fat accumulation which causes problems in health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple tool which is used for the classification of overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2). The sole motto of this study would be to compare the self-image on body shape among college students and corporate sector employees.

Methodology: Subjects fitting into the inclusion criteria were selected and screened for their BMI after obtaining a proper consent. They were allocated into two groups, among which, one group with college students and the other group with employees of corporate sector (White Collars). Study Setting did at TCS, Chennai and Faculty of Physiotherapy, Dr. MGR. Educational and Research Institute University, Velappanchavadi, Chennai. Subjects were provided with a BSQ-34 questionnaire and asked to respond to each items. At the end, final scores were arrived, which were analyzed & compared statistically between the groups. Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ)-34 score used as Outcome measure to collect the data.

Result: The result of the study shows that there is a considerable difference between the BSQ- 34scores of obese college students and employees of corporate sector. Since the P value is <0.05, the difference is significant.

Conclusion: The present study shows that there is a significant difference between the self image of obese college students and employees of corporate sector. The corporate sector employees being affected more on self image of obesity.

Keywords: Self image on body shape, Obesity, corporate sector, Body Shape Questionnaire

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