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Kor J Aesthet Cosmetol 2008;6(2): 39-61.
여성들의 다이어트 경험과 스트레스와의 관련성
나명순, 장강연, 김미혜
Women’s Diet Experience and its Relation with Stress
Myung-Soon Na, Kang-Yun Jang, Mi-Hye Kim
Recently, the increase in the number of people who are becoming obese in the general population arouses great interest in weight management among the public in general. As weight management draws great attention and effort from the general public, this study has attempted to examine dietary methods, ensuing similarities to stress and relations with a sense of self respect. At beauty salons, and fomentation houses in Gwangju, a questionnaire was conducted amongst 600 women interested in dietary therapy, 486 of whom were finally selected, excluding unsuitable respondents. The general feature was that as age increased, one got less satisfied with oneself, which caused a sense of defeat or self-shame. Educational background showed that those with college or higher opportunities felt a high sense of satisfaction on the one hand, and a great sense of defeat on the other. The following are results of analysis by factors related to stress : 1. Many respondents wanted to reduce their weight more, though having normal weight. 2. A majority of respondents experienced participating in a diet, which was due to appearance, and many respondents felt physical or mental stress by obesity. 3. By far more respondents hardly drank and smoked than those who did in consideration of various aspects, including psychology and stress. 4. For a meal, eating all thee meals was found to alleviate physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms, suggesting that irregular lifestyle is associated with stress. 5. For self-condition, as the subjects felt unhealthy, physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms increased compared with those feeling healthy. 6. For the correlation between intake of instant food and sweets and stress, 'Very often' and 'Never' showed higher stress value. 7. For the correlation with shame, all groups showing physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms were the highest in responding 'Always'. It may be a good example which suggests the close correlation between stress and shame. Increasingly, the social symptom is deepening that women with diet related problems are most exposed to psychological and behavioral stress, while they feel satisfied with themselves in that they are always on a diet. Now, it is necessary to intervene in their problems, proposing the diet specific to each of them so that they can escape from psychological stress, and to make a more detailed study of this problem.
Key words: Diet experience, stress, social symptom
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