Body image in middle school children

H. A. Hausenblas, Danielle Symons Downs, D. S. Fleming, D. P. Connaughton

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Abstract

The study purpose was to examine the relationship between sex, age, body mass index (BMI), and fitness level on the body image of 388 middle school children. Participants completed affective (social physique anxiety) and subjective evaluation (body dissatisfaction) body image measures and the 1-mile run/walk as an objective fitness measure. It was found that: (a) the females reported more social physique anxiety and body dissatisfaction than the males; (b) body dissatisfaction, especially for the females, was prevalent; (c) BMI was positively related to the body image measures; (d) for the males only, age was negatively related to the body image measures; (e) body dissatisfaction was negatively relat-ed to fitness levels; and (f) after controlling for BMI (and age for the males), fitness level was not a significant predictor of body dissatisfaction. The results indicate that body dissatisfaction was prevalent and early interventions with youth may be required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Hausenblas, H. A., Downs, D. S., Fleming, D. S., & Connaughton, D. P. (2002). Body image in middle school children. Eating and Weight Disorders, 7(3), 244-248. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03327463
Hausenblas, H. A. ; Downs, Danielle Symons ; Fleming, D. S. ; Connaughton, D. P. / Body image in middle school children. In: Eating and Weight Disorders. 2002 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 244-248.
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