The Comparison of Korean and Japanese College Women's Self-evaluation on Obesity and Attitude to Weight Control

  • Kim, Mi-Ok (Department of Health & Diet, Daegu Health College) ;
  • Eun, Jong-Geuk (Department of Health & Diet, Daegu Health College) ;
  • Chang, Un-Jae (Department of Health & Diet, Dongduk Women's University) ;
  • Sawano, Kayoko (Department of Health and Nutrition Science, Nishikyushu Universirty) ;
  • Miyamoto, Tokuko (Department of Health and Nutrition Science, Nishikyushu Universirty)
  • 발행 : 2009.12.31


This study compares Korean and Japanese college women's self-evaluation on obesity and examines their attitude to weight control. The subjects of this study were 101 college women residing in Daegu-si of Korea and 123 Japanese college women living in Saga-ken of Japan. A survey was conducted by each of the participants and was analyzed. This self-evaluation on obesity revealed that 47.5% of Korean college women answered that they were obese while 31.7% of Japanese college women responded they were. The results of this study show that there are about 5% of college women in both Japan and Korea who thought they were obese, even though they were actually normal or underweight. Both Korean and Japanese women who considered themselves obese selected wrong eating habits as the cause of their obesity. In terms of their recognition on ashamedness, Japanese college women showed rather stronger recognition than Korean ones. In addition, more Korean college women responded that they had been suggested to lose weight than Japanese ones. In terms of the factors that motivate weight control, few women in either Korea or Japan controlled their weight for health reasons. Most of the Korean and Japanese college women chose the size of their clothes, their undesirable look reflected on the mirror, or having no boyfriend as the chief motivating factors for weight control. In terms of their attitude towards weight control, Japanese college women checked their weight more frequently than Korean ones. Moreover, both Korean and Japanese college women were directly motivated to lose weight while they were talking with their friends.


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