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DOI: Body image dissatisfaction and distortion were investigated with a figure scale. We administered a questionnaire to investigate weight gain and changes in dietary habits since starting in the job.
Women reported having acquired poorer dietary habits. About We found a high prevalence of body image distortion, of Keywords: eating habits; food service; weight gain; nutritional status; body image.
Obesity is frequent among food service workers 1. According to Rosa and Alves 3 intake of simple carbohydrates, fat fried food and butter and processed food is high, and that of fruit and vegetables low among food service workers. By contrast, people currently manifest an increasing concern with their bodies for health-related or esthetic reasons 6 , which encourages them to change their dietary habits, perform physical activity, undergo cosmetic surgery, and seek different methods to maintain, restore or even transform their physical shape 7.
A negative body image is associated with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia 8,9. It develops under sociocultural, neurophysiological and cognitive influences The other is an attitudinal component that represents the feelings people have relative to their body size and shape and may lead to body image dissatisfaction.
As a function of the aforementioned considerations, the aim of the present study was to analyze the body image of workers according to its perceptual and attitudinal aspects. For this purpose we investigated weight gain, body image dissatisfaction and distortion among employees of a university restaurant in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The present cross-sectional study was performed with employees of a university restaurant.