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Table 3 Body Image Satisfaction according to socio-demographic variables, BMI distribution and LTPAa,b,c

From: Body image satisfaction and weight concerns among a Mediterranean adult population

  Dissatisfied being underweight Satisfied Dissatisfied being overweight P
Men (n = 451) 15.3§ 32.9§ 51.8§  
 Age (years)
  18–35 19.6§ 35.8§ 44.5§ <0.001
  36–55 4.1 25.2† 70.7‡  
 Origin
  Balearic Islands 15.8§ 27.9† 56.4§ 0.132
  Regions of Spain 11.4† 42.0‡ 46.6§  
  South America 14.8 40.7‡ 44.4‡  
  Other countries 17.6 47.1‡ 35.3‡  
 Educational level
  Low 10.3 37.9† 51.7‡ 0.255
  Medium 18.1§ 33.5§ 48.4§  
  High 11.7‡ 30.7† 57.7§  
 Professional profile
  Student 25.4‡ 28.8† 45.8§ 0.008
  Unemployed 4.0 40.0‡ 56.0‡  
  Employed 12.3§ 33.8§ 53.9§  
 BMI (kg/m2)
  Normal-weight 27.2§ 46.5§ 26.3§ <0.001
  Overweight 1.9 21.1§ 77.0§  
  Obesity 2.0 7.8 90.2†  
 LTPA
  Yes 15.3§ 36.0§ 48.7§ 0.032
  No 14.1‡ 24.2† 61.7§  
Women (n = 630) 3.9§ 19.0§ 77.1§  
 Age (years)
  18–35 5.6§ 21.4§ 73.0§ 0.002
  36–55 1.2 15.4† 83.3‡  
 Origin     
  Balearic Islands 2.9§ 19.5† 77.6§ 0.034
  Regions of Spain 3.1† 23.3‡ 73.6§  
  South America 10.6 12.1‡ 77.3‡  
  Other countries 4.3 8.7‡ 87.0‡  
 Educational level
  Low 4.3 14.9† 80.9‡ 0.849
  Medium 4.2§ 18.3§ 77.5§  
  High 3.5‡ 20.9† 75.6§  
 Professional profile
  Student 9.1‡ 17.4† 73.6§ 0.007
  Unemployed 1.8 10.9‡ 87.3‡  
  Employed 2.8§ 20.7§ 76.6§  
 BMI (kg/m2)
  Normal-weight 4.5§ 27.5§ 68.1§ <0.001
  Overweight 0.6 1.9§ 97.4§  
  Obesity 0.0 1.5 98.5†  
 LTPA
  Yes 1.9§ 22.6§ 75.5§ 0.004
  No 6.0‡ 15.3† 78.7§  
  1. Abbreviations: BMI body mass index, LTPA, leisure-time physical activity
  2. aValues are expressed as percentages
  3. bSignificant trends between Weight Estimation groups have been evaluated by χ 2
  4. cSignificant trends between males and females have been evaluated by χ 2: †p < 0.05; ‡p < 0.01; §p < 0.001