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Selected blood biochemical parameters and energy intake in physically active women and men in the context of body shape satisfaction or dissatisfaction

Marzena Malara1
DOI: 10.5603/mrj.99191

Abstract

Introduction: To evaluate selected blood biochemical parameters, energy intake and energy expenditure in physically active women and men in the context of body shape satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

Material and methods: A total of 187 female and male students from the Faculty of Physical Education volunteered to participate in the study. The selected anthropometric and blood biochemical parameters were measured. Participants were asked to provide a positive or negative response to the question of whether they were satisfied with their body shape.

Results: A higher percentage of women, compared to men, express dissatisfaction with their body shape. However, within both groups, the quantity is significant. Individuals dissatisfied with their body shape perceived themselves as more overweight than they actually were. In both groups, especially among women, cortisol concentrations were close to the upper limit of the norm, indicating a higher level of stress in this group.

Conclusions: Even people with normal body weight and regular physical activity, regardless of gender, often declared dissatisfaction with their body shape. It is important because disturbances in the perception of body shape may contribute to physical and mental health disorders.

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