Adolescent Weight Preoccupation: Influencing Factors and Entertainment Media Exposure

Jacob, John; Jeong-ju Yoo
April 2010
Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences;Spring2010, Vol. 102 Issue 2, p33
Academic Journal
This study examined how boys' and girls' weight preoccupation varied by grade level, parent-child relationships, self-classified weight, entertainment media exposure levels, and gender. Seventh-grade girls (n = 190) and boys (n = 132) and 10th-grade girls (n = 99) and boys (n = 67) participated. Girls were more likely to report weight preoccupation. Perceiving oneself as heavier and movie going, however, were correlated with weight preoccupation regardless of age and gender. Age and gender interactions with magazine reading and visiting fashion websites contributed to the prediction of weight preoccupation. Positive parent-child relationships were negatively correlated with weight preoccupation. Findings suggest potential courses of action for educators and practitioners interested in promoting healthy weight management approaches for adolescents.


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