Is accurate perception of body image associated with appropriate weight-control behavior among adolescents of the Seychelles

TitleIs accurate perception of body image associated with appropriate weight-control behavior among adolescents of the Seychelles
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsAlwan, H, Viswanathan, B, Paccaud, F, Bovet, P
JournalJournal of Obesity
Volume2011
Paginationart. 817242 [8 p.]
URLhttp://my.unil.ch/serval/document/BIB_336642411EF5.pdf
DOI10.1155/2011/817242
ISSN2090-0716 (online) ; 2090-0708
Accession Numberserval:BIB_336642411EF5
Abstract

BACKGROUND: We examined body image perception and its association with reported weight-control behavior among adolescents in the Seychelles.METHODS: We conducted a school-based survey of 1432 students aging 11-17 years in the Seychelles. Perception of body image was assessed using both a closed-ended question (CEQ) and Stunkard's pictorial silhouettes (SPS). Voluntary attempts to change weight were also assessed.RESULTS: A substantial proportion of the overweight students did not consider themselves as overweight (SPS: 24%, CEQ: 34%), and a substantial proportion of the normal-weight students considered themselves as too thin (SPS: 29%, CEQ: 15%). Logistic regression analysis showed that students with an accurate weight perception were more likely to have appropriate weight-control behavior.CONCLUSIONS: We found that substantial proportions of students had an inaccurate perception of their weight and that weight perception was associated with weight-control behavior. These findings point to forces that can drive the upwards overweight trends.

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Citation Key / SERVAL ID4724
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