Background: Body dissatisfaction is very present today, because of ideal standard requirements imposed by society, and this dissatisfaction can lead people to take actions harmful to
health. Depression is a disease that mainly women, can acquire due to body dissatisfaction and preventive factors that may be useful is physical activity. This study aimed to assess whether
differences in the level of depression in women who are more physically active.
Methods: Three questionnaires were applied: International Physical Activity Questionnaire - short version (IPAQ), the Depression Scale (EADS) and the Silhouettes Scale for assessment
of body image in 33 women who attend two university extension projects.
Results: Women practitioners slimming project showed slightly higher levels of depression and body dissatisfaction than women group aerobics group.
Conclusions: This showed the relationship between body dissatisfaction with depressive states. There was no positive correlation between levels of physical activity and depressive
states or body dissatisfaction