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Overweight, Obesity, and Perception of Body Image Among Slum Residents in Nairobi, Kenya, 2008–2009

This image-rating scale presents the silhouettes of 18 women and 18 men, arranged in order of increasing body size, from underweight (very thin) to overweight (very obese).

Figure 1. Body image rating scale for men and women. Images 1 through 5 represent people who are underweight, images 6 through 9 represent people of normal weight, images 10 through 13 represent overweight people, and images 14 through18 represent obese people (11).

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WomenMen
Ideal body imageNo. (%)Ideal body imageNo. (%)
Underweight (n = 115) Underweight (n = 262)
Underweight17 (15) Underweight20 (8)
Normal weight55 (48) Normal weight112 (43)
Overweight31 (27) Overweight84 (32)
Obese12 (10) Obese46 (18)
Normal Weight (n = 1,167) Normal Weight (1,946)
Underweight93 (8) Underweight129 (7)
Normal weight660 (57) Normal weight828 (43)
Overweight256 (22) Overweight602 (31)
Obese158 (14) Obese387 (20)
Overweight (n = 631) Overweight (n = 401)
Underweight34 (5) Underweight11 (3)
Normal weight347 (55) Normal weight145 (36)
Overweight157 (25) Overweight143 (36)
Obese93 (15) Obese102 (25)
Obese (n = 352) Obese (n = 60)
Underweight16 (5) Underweight2 (3)
Normal weight147 (42) Normal weight19 (32)
Overweight118 (34) Overweight25 (42)
Obese71 (20) Obese14 (23)


Figure 2. Ideal body image, by current body mass index (BMI) and sex. Survey participants were asked to indicate the body size they wished to have.

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