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Predictors of the Intention to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in Youth

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine psychosocial factors, BMI, perceived weight, and demographics as correlates of adolescents' intentions to prevent excessive weight gain. Methods: Students (12-13 years) completed questionnaires at baseline and 4-month follow-up. Regression analyses were performed (n=345). Results: Sixty percent showed a positive intention towards the prevention of excessive weight gain. A positive change in attitude and perceived internal control and higher perceived weight were related to a positive change in intention. Conclusion: A small majority of adolescents had a positive intention to prevent gaining excessive weight. A positive attitude and higher perceived internal control were related to a positive intention.

Keywords: ADOLESCENT; OVER-WEIGHT; PREVENTION; PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS; WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.4.4

Affiliations: Eindhoven Cancer Registry, Comprehensive Cancer Center South, Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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