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Weight Perception, Academic Performance, and Psychological Factors in Chinese Adolescents

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Objective: To investigate weight perception and related psychological factors in Chinese adolescents. Methods: A questionnaire on weight perception, academic performance, stress, hostility, and depression was completed by 6863 middle and high school students. Weight and height were measured. Results: Overweight perception was related to school-related stress and depression in both girls and boys (P<0.01) and to hostility in boys (P<0.01). Perceived over-weight was related to lower GPA in girls only (P<0.05). Conclusions: Distorted weight perception has a detrimental psychological impact on Chinese adolescents. These findings may contribute to the obesity research and to the development of future effective intervention programs in China.

Keywords: Chinese adolescents; psychological factors; weight perception

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Hamovitch Research Center, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. 2: Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA. 3: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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