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Article: Prospective effects of weight perception and weight comments on psychological health among Chinese adolescents

TitleProspective effects of weight perception and weight comments on psychological health among Chinese adolescents
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1328-8067&site=1
Citation
Acta Paediatrica, International Journal Of Paediatrics, 2009, v. 98 n. 12, p. 1959-1964 How to Cite?
AbstractAim: To investigate the prospective effects of weight perception of self and weight comments by others on psychological health problems among Chinese adolescents. Methods: In the Hong Kong Student Obesity Surveillance project, 8716 adolescents (41.3% boys) aged 14.2 ± 1.7 years were followed prospectively. Logistic regression yielded odds ratios (ORs) for psychological health problems at 1-year follow-up by weight comments received and weight perception at baseline (2006), adjusting for each other sociodemographic factors and body mass index. Results: Perceived fatness at baseline predicted subsequent headache and feeling stressful with adjusted ORs (95% confidence intervals) of 1.17 (1.03-1.33) and 1.20 (1.03-1.39), respectively. Perceived thinness at baseline did not predict any subsequent health problems. Receiving incorrect weight comments at baseline also predicted headache, feeling stressful and feeling depressed at follow-up, with adjusted ORs of 1.19 (1.08-1.31), 1.26 (1.04-1.53) and 1.38 (1.10-1.74) respectively. No gender difference was found in the effects of weight perception and weight comments on psychological outcomes. Conclusions: In adolescents, perceived fatness and incorrect weight comments predicted psychological health problems at 1-year follow-up. Family members, peers and other social contacts should realize the potential adverse effects of their weight comments, and adolescents should be taught how to correctly assess their weight status. © 2009 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86523
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.647
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.794
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University Research Committee, Strategic Research Theme on Public Health, University of Hong Kong
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The study was supported by the University Research Committee, Strategic Research Theme on Public Health, University of Hong Kong. We would like to thank the schools and students for their participation.

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dc.contributor.authorLo, WSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, SYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMak, KKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, YMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLai, YKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:18:06Z-
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationActa Paediatrica, International Journal Of Paediatrics, 2009, v. 98 n. 12, p. 1959-1964en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0803-5253en_HK
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dc.description.abstractAim: To investigate the prospective effects of weight perception of self and weight comments by others on psychological health problems among Chinese adolescents. Methods: In the Hong Kong Student Obesity Surveillance project, 8716 adolescents (41.3% boys) aged 14.2 ± 1.7 years were followed prospectively. Logistic regression yielded odds ratios (ORs) for psychological health problems at 1-year follow-up by weight comments received and weight perception at baseline (2006), adjusting for each other sociodemographic factors and body mass index. Results: Perceived fatness at baseline predicted subsequent headache and feeling stressful with adjusted ORs (95% confidence intervals) of 1.17 (1.03-1.33) and 1.20 (1.03-1.39), respectively. Perceived thinness at baseline did not predict any subsequent health problems. Receiving incorrect weight comments at baseline also predicted headache, feeling stressful and feeling depressed at follow-up, with adjusted ORs of 1.19 (1.08-1.31), 1.26 (1.04-1.53) and 1.38 (1.10-1.74) respectively. No gender difference was found in the effects of weight perception and weight comments on psychological outcomes. Conclusions: In adolescents, perceived fatness and incorrect weight comments predicted psychological health problems at 1-year follow-up. Family members, peers and other social contacts should realize the potential adverse effects of their weight comments, and adolescents should be taught how to correctly assess their weight status. © 2009 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1328-8067&site=1en_HK
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dc.rightsActa Paediatrica. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescent Psychologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshBody Imageen_HK
dc.subject.meshBody Weighten_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshFollow-Up Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth Statusen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshInterpersonal Relationsen_HK
dc.subject.meshLogistic Modelsen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshMental Disorders - psychologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshMental Healthen_HK
dc.subject.meshOdds Ratioen_HK
dc.subject.meshProspective Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshSelf Concepten_HK
dc.titleProspective effects of weight perception and weight comments on psychological health among Chinese adolescentsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01472.xen_HK
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