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Longitudinal Analysis of Weight Perception and Psychological Factors in Chinese Adolescents

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Objectives : To investigate associations of overweight status and perception with trajectories of psychological distress in adolescents.

Methods : Longitudinal data for 6970 Chinese adolescents were included. The multivariate curve-of-factor latent growth curve models were adopted to examine trajectories of psychological distress symptoms and associations with overweight status and perception.

Results : After controlling for actual overweight status, psychological distress symptoms were weakly but significantly associated with overweight perception ( = 0.08 for boys and = 0.10 for girls, P < 0.05) and misperception ( = 0.06 for boys and = 0.09 for girls, P < 0.05).

Discussion : Our findings help understanding associations of overweight perception and psychological well being of adolescents.
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Keywords: Chinese adolescents; psychological distress; weight perception

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University, San Dimas, CA.

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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