Perceived body image among African Americans with type 2 diabetes
Patient Education and Counseling
Objective To assess current, desired and best body image in the opposite sex and examine correlates of body image dissatisfaction. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional analysis at baseline of 185 (141 women, 44 men) African Americans with type 2 diabetes in Project Sugar 1, a randomized controlled trial of primary care-based interventions to improve diabetic control. Results Women had a significantly lower desired body image compared to their current body image (BMI ‚àº 27.7 versus ‚àº35.3). Men preferred a body image for women that was similar to the body image that women desired for themselves (BMI ‚àº 28.3 versus ‚àº27.7). Significant correlates of body image dissatisfaction included self-perception of being overweight and attempting weight-loss (P < 0.05). Practical implications Among overweight and obese African‚ÄìAmerican women with diabetes, it is important to first address an individual's perceived body image, perceived risk of disease, desired body image, and weight-loss perceptions. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of weight-loss, there is a need to focus on the health benefits in order to intervene among African Americans with diabetes.
Baptiste-Roberts, Kesha; Gary, Tiffany L.; Bone, Lee R.; and Hill, Martha N., "Perceived body image among African Americans with type 2 diabetes" (2006). School of Community Health & Policy. 13.