Date
26 May 2017
Men are more relaxed about their body shape even if their body mass index shows they're in the overweight or obese range. Photo: Bloomberg
Men are more relaxed about their body shape even if their body mass index shows they're in the overweight or obese range. Photo: Bloomberg

Women too harsh on their body shape, men more relaxed, says poll

Some women are less forgiving when it comes to their bodies but men are more relaxed about theirs.

The findings come from a recent survey by the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong.

It shows three in 10 men are not tied to a body shape standard but two in 10 women could be overly harsh on themselves, according to Sing Tao Daily.

The survey polled 502 respondents between 18 and 60 from March to April.

It found that 30 percent of men think they have normal body shape even if their body mass index (BMI) is in the overweight or obese range.

By contrast, nearly 20 percent of women consider their body shape normal when their BMI shows they’re underweight.

Endocrinologist Dr. Peter Tong said waistlines are the best measure of obesity because these show the extent of fat accumulation in the body.

Tong said less than 20 percent of the respondents are aware of that.

Nearly all have heard of abdominal obesity but less than 10 percent know what it is, he said.

Cardiologist Dr. Roman Chiu said exercise alone cannot reduce weight and obese people have to do more including aerobic exercises at least three times a week 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

And Dr. Yeung Yat-wah, a specialist consultant in gastroenterology and hepatology, said many people mistakenly believe that many online diet programs that recommend more fruits and less carbohydrates are effective.

Yeung said skipping meals does not help either.

But avoiding food with high sugar, fat and cholesterol content and refraining from eating before sleep and not dining out too frequently will go a long way in keeping weight in check, he said.

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