Health Promotion Behavior according to Body Mass Index and Self-Perception of Body Weight in Female Nursing Students

간호학과 여학생의 체질량지수와 체중지각에 따른 건강증진행위

Yu, Su Jeung;Lee, Kyung-Sook;Kim, Joo Hyun;Lim, Kyung Choon;Park, Jin Sook

  • Received : 2014.01.21
  • Accepted : 2014.02.10
  • Published : 2014.02.28


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the health promotion behavior according to body mass index (BMI) and self-perception of obesity in female nursing students. Methods: The subjects of this study were 143 female nursing students. The data were collected using a questionnaire about health, life style and general characteristics. BMI, waist and hip circumference, flexibility, and gripping force were measured. Data were analyzed with SPSS/WIN 20.0 program. Results: Subjects were divided into three groups including true overweight (16.1%), false overweight (29.2%), and true normal weight group (43.5%) based on their BMI and self-perception about obesity. There were significant differences among the three groups in alcohol consumption, self-confidence on the accomplishment of desired weight in a year, gap between actual and desired weight, waist circumference, waist-hip ratio, and interpersonal relationship. The true normal weight group shows significantly higher interpersonal relationships than the true overweight group. Conclusion: It was determined that special strategies for increasing appropriate self-perception about obesity and health behaviors for female nursing students should be developed.


Health behavior;Body mass index;Perception;Nursing students


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