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Conference Paper: Body dissatisfaction among young children: age and sex differences

TitleBody dissatisfaction among young children: age and sex differences
Authors
Issue Date2007
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/OBR
Citation
The 17th Annual Meeting of the European Childhood Obesity Group, Athens, Greece, 5-7 July 2007. In Obesity Reviews, 2007, v. 8 suppl. 3, p. 10, abstract no. O011 How to Cite?
AbstractINTRODUCTION: Body dissatisfaction among young children and boys particularly is seldom reported. We compared how Chinese primary school students in Hong Kong rated their ideal and perceived body shape with a focus on age and sex differences. MATERIALS AND SUBJECTS: In 2005–06, 3043 primary 2–4 students (55.7% boys) aged 7–10 from 20 primary schools completed a health questionnaire. Students selected from nine male or female body shape figures of increasing size (one thinnest and nine fattest) that best represented their perceived and ideal body shape, respectively. A discrepancy between the two measures denoted body dissatisfaction. RESULTS: More boys (73.4%) had body dissatisfaction than girls (66.2%) and to a greater extent (P < 0.001). The table shows that overall, boys had a larger mean ideal than perceived body shape (3.98 vs. 3.80, P < 0.001), and such discrepancy was significant within each age from age seven onwards. In contrast, girls generally had a smaller ideal than perceived body shape (3.03 vs. 3.10, P = 0.02). At age seven, girls were like boys, tended to have larger ideal than perceived body shape (P = 0.27). However, from age eight onwards girls had smaller ideal than perceived body shape, with significant difference at age eight (3.06 vs. 3.20, P = 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: Chinese boys and girls, starting at the age of 7 or 8, have significant but different body dissatisfaction, with boys desiring a bigger and girls a slimmer body shape. Health education on body image usually only targets secondary students. Our findings suggest that both primary school boys and girls should also be included. Funding: Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health.
Descriptionabstract
Oral abstracts: no. 11
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86902
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dc.contributor.authorLai, YK-
dc.contributor.authorHo, SY-
dc.contributor.authorLo, WS-
dc.contributor.authorMak, KK-
dc.contributor.authorHo, LM-
dc.contributor.authorMcGhee, MM-
dc.contributor.authorThomas, GN-
dc.contributor.authorLam, TH-
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:22:44Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:22:44Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationThe 17th Annual Meeting of the European Childhood Obesity Group, Athens, Greece, 5-7 July 2007. In Obesity Reviews, 2007, v. 8 suppl. 3, p. 10, abstract no. O011-
dc.identifier.issn1467-7881-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86902-
dc.descriptionabstract-
dc.descriptionOral abstracts: no. 11-
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Body dissatisfaction among young children and boys particularly is seldom reported. We compared how Chinese primary school students in Hong Kong rated their ideal and perceived body shape with a focus on age and sex differences. MATERIALS AND SUBJECTS: In 2005–06, 3043 primary 2–4 students (55.7% boys) aged 7–10 from 20 primary schools completed a health questionnaire. Students selected from nine male or female body shape figures of increasing size (one thinnest and nine fattest) that best represented their perceived and ideal body shape, respectively. A discrepancy between the two measures denoted body dissatisfaction. RESULTS: More boys (73.4%) had body dissatisfaction than girls (66.2%) and to a greater extent (P < 0.001). The table shows that overall, boys had a larger mean ideal than perceived body shape (3.98 vs. 3.80, P < 0.001), and such discrepancy was significant within each age from age seven onwards. In contrast, girls generally had a smaller ideal than perceived body shape (3.03 vs. 3.10, P = 0.02). At age seven, girls were like boys, tended to have larger ideal than perceived body shape (P = 0.27). However, from age eight onwards girls had smaller ideal than perceived body shape, with significant difference at age eight (3.06 vs. 3.20, P = 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: Chinese boys and girls, starting at the age of 7 or 8, have significant but different body dissatisfaction, with boys desiring a bigger and girls a slimmer body shape. Health education on body image usually only targets secondary students. Our findings suggest that both primary school boys and girls should also be included. Funding: Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/OBR-
dc.relation.ispartofObesity Reviews-
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com-
dc.titleBody dissatisfaction among young children: age and sex differences-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1467-7881&volume=8 &issue=suppl 3&spage=10&epage=&date=2007&atitle=Body+dissatisfaction+among+young+children:+Age+and+sex+differences+(abstract+in+17th+Annual+Meeting+of+the+European+Childhood+Obesity+Group,+5-7+July+2007,+Athens)en_HK
dc.identifier.emailHo, SY: syho@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailHo, LM: lmho@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailMcGhee, MM: smmcghee@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailThomas, GN: gneilthomas@yahoo.co.uk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, TH: hrmrlth@hkucc.hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00385.x-
dc.identifier.hkuros132736-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.issuesuppl. 3-
dc.identifier.spage10, abstract no. O011-
dc.identifier.epage10, abstract no. O011-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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