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Revista de Salud Pública

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DA SILVA-FILHO, Lindomar; RABELO-LEITAO, Alethéa C; MENEZES-CABRAL, Roberto L  and  KNACKFUSS, Maria I. Self-perception of body image, physical activity and risk factors . Rev. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.4, pp.550-560. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Analysing the risk-factors associated with perception of self-image in middle-aged walkers. Material and Methods Four groups were evaluated regarding gender and age-group. Non-invasive morphological and functional variables were colleted and body image identification was processed using a set of numbered silhouettes. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used in decision-making. Results Greater risk-factors were found in both genders and among the age-groups being studied. There was a difference between genders regarding self-perceived body image and between two groups from the same gender. The volunteers wished to reduce their silhouettes. Conclusions The risk-factors were associated with self-perceived body image in both genders being studied here.

Keywords : Body-shape perception; exertion; public health.

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