Rafiroiu, Anca Codruta; Sargent, Roger G.; Parra-Medina, Deborah; Valois, Robert; Drane, J. Wanzer
December 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p199
Academic Journal
Objective: To assess prevalence rates of overweight perception and dieting behaviors among adolescents, and changes across subgroups over time. Methods: Data from a random sample of adolescents (26,314) were analyzed using bivariate methods and linear regression. Results: 26.3% of adolescents perceived themselves as overweight and 37.3% engaged in dieting practices, with females more likely than males, and Whites more likely than Blacks. Significant trends in the proportion of dieting adolescents were found in the absence of increase over time in overweight perception. Conclusions: Classically associated with White females, dieting behaviors are now prevalent across all categories. Results have relevance for developing programs for adolescents.


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