Author(s): Daniels J
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: The primary purpose of this study was to examine the incidence of obesity, perception of weight, and weight management behaviors in a nationwide sample of adolescents. Further, the relationship between these variables and the adolescents' self-reported depressive symptoms was also explored. METHOD: Cross-sectional data from 16- to 18-year-olds who participated in the 1999 (n=9795) and 2001 (n=8190) Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System were used for this secondary analysis. RESULTS: No relationship was found between depressive symptoms and body mass index. However, perception of weight as either underweight or overweight was related to higher depressive symptoms. The risk profile for reporting depressive symptoms includes use of any weight control strategies, female, and perception of weight. DISCUSSION: These findings underscore the importance of addressing adolescents' perceptions of weight in relation to their actual body mass index and psychological well-being.
This article was published in J Pediatr Health Care
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research