A cross-sectional study of weight- and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns of North Queensland adolescents

Nowak, Madeleine, Crawford, David, and Buttner, Petra (2001) A cross-sectional study of weight- and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns of North Queensland adolescents. Nutrition and Dietetics, 58 (3). pp. 174-180.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine differences in weight- and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns across a high school population. Data were collected by questionnaire from 902 high school students from private schools in Townsville. Concerns about weight and shape were more apparent in students from the higher school years. More girls in higher than lower school years were dissatisfied with their bodies, concerned that many parts of their bodies were too fat and more of them attempted weight loss. More boys in higher than lower school years were satisfied with their bodies but they wanted to 'bulk up'. Societal expectations of weight and shape may adversely affect both males and females but in different ways. Thus, interventions aiming to promote the maintenance of a healthy body weight may need to account for the desire of the majority of young women to be thinner, while the majority of young men would like to be larger.

Item ID: 13357
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: adolescent health; behavior and health
ISSN: 1446-6368
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 03:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920411 Nutrition @ 100%
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