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Table 4 Perception of respondents of a beautiful body, obesity and Satisfaction with current body shape

From: Self-perception and quality of life among overweight and obese rural housewives in Kelantan, Malaysia

Variables Categories Frequency Percent (%)
Obesity symbolizes by respondents (n = 330) Rich/affluent 6 1.8
Strong 7 2.1
Happy 182 55.2
Lack of control in food consumption 18 5.5
Laziness 53 16.1
Sickness 64 19.4
Thinness symbolizes by respondents (n = 313) Poor 10 3.2
Weak 30 9.6
Unhappiness 132 42.2
Fear of eating 71 22.7
Laziness 7 2.2
Sickness 62 19.8
Others 1 0.3
Defining beautiful women by respondents (n = 421) Facial attractiveness 132 31.4
Shape of the body 102 24.2
Hair style 1 0.2
Voice 2 0.5
(Features) Behavior 184 43.7
Defining a handsome man by respondents (n = 421) Facial attractiveness 98 23.3
Shape of the body 110 26.1
Hair style 1 0.2
(Features) Behavior 212 50.4
Perception of respondents of a beautiful/body (women)(n = 421) Fat 19 4.5
Muscular 2 0.5
Tall 174 41.3
Short 1 0.2
(Features) Thin 225 53.4
Satisfaction with their current body shape (n = 421) Yes 40 9.5
No 381 90.5