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Body Image Quality of Life Related to Light Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior among Young Adults with Overweight/Obesity

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Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
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Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Department of Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
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Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC 20052, USA
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Academic Editors: Armando Cocca and Andrew Soundy
Received: 23 June 2021 / Revised: 2 August 2021 / Accepted: 9 August 2021 / Published: 12 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity, Physical and Psychological Health)
Sedentary behaviors, low levels of physical activity (PA), and low body image quality of life have been identified during college years and associated with poor health outcomes. Public health efforts have recently focused on decreasing sedentary time by increasing light physical activity, both of which have been associated with body image quality of life, though mainly through self-report. In this cross-sectional study, we examined objective actigraphy and survey data from 404 of 459 young adults with overweight and obesity (mean age 23.3 ± 4.4 years, 78.4% female, 55.4% white). PA was measured using an accelerometer worn during waking hours for >10 h/day for four days. Body image quality of life was assessed using the Body Image Quality of Life Inventory Scale. Body image was positively correlated with light PA (r = 0.15) and inversely correlated with BMI (Pearson’s r = −0.20) and sedentary time (r = −0.10), but not moderate PA, vigorous PA, or MVPA. Light PA and sedentary time were significantly inversely correlated (r = −0.38). When controlling for covariates, higher body image quality of life was significantly associated with higher levels of light PA (β = 0.39; p < 0.01) and lower sedentary time (β = −0.39; p = 0.02). Participants with lower body image quality of life enrolled in weight loss interventions may benefit from prescriptions of light PA in conjunction with decreasing sedentary behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; body image quality of life; sedentary; weight loss physical activity; body image quality of life; sedentary; weight loss
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Faro, J.M.; Whiteley, J.A.; Hayman, L.L.; Napolitano, M.A. Body Image Quality of Life Related to Light Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior among Young Adults with Overweight/Obesity. Behav. Sci. 2021, 11, 111. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/bs11080111

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Faro JM, Whiteley JA, Hayman LL, Napolitano MA. Body Image Quality of Life Related to Light Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior among Young Adults with Overweight/Obesity. Behavioral Sciences. 2021; 11(8):111. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/bs11080111

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Faro, Jamie M., Jessica A. Whiteley, Laura L. Hayman, and Melissa A. Napolitano 2021. "Body Image Quality of Life Related to Light Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior among Young Adults with Overweight/Obesity" Behavioral Sciences 11, no. 8: 111. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/bs11080111

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