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Eating patterns and body image in women attending fitness centers

Marcia Cristina Dominguez Fernandes Pinto de Souza Laura Vilela e Souza Sabrina Martins Barroso Fabio Scorsolini-Comin About the authors

This study aimed to evaluate dietary patterns, physical activity and body image dissatisfaction degree among women who practice physical activity. 30 women participated in the study. The instruments used were: Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26), Bulimic Investigatory Edimburgo Test (BITE), Body Image Questionnaire (BSQ), Inventory of Feelings about Physical Activity (ISAF, in portuguese) and the Body Mass Index. In terms of results, 40% of participants had negative results in BMI measurement, 9,9% showed risk behavior to the development of eating disorders, 57,7% showed body image distortion and 30% showed a very positive attitude towards physical activity. Women aged 26 to 33 years had more pathological eating attitudes than the others. Further studies with focus on health promotion practices considering women who does physical activity and has eating disorders high-risk behavior is suggested.

Nervous anorexia; Bulimia; Physical activity

Universidade de São Francisco, Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Psicologia R. Waldemar César da Silveira, 105, Vl. Cura D'Ars (SWIFT), Campinas - São Paulo, CEP 13045-510, Telefone: (19)3779-3771 - Campinas - SP - Brazil