TITLE

TRENDS AND SUBGROUP DIFFERENCES IN OVERWEIGHT PERCEPTION AND WEIGHT-CONTROL BEHAVIORS AMONG HIGH SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Rafiroiu, Anca Codruta; Sargent, Roger G.; Parra-Medina, Deborah; Valois, Robert; Drane, J. Wanzer
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p199
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
32996967

 

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