Weight Perception, Academic Performance, and Psychological Factors in Chinese Adolescents
Community and Global Health (CGU)
Medicine and Health Sciences
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.
© 2006 American Journal of Health Behavior
Xie B, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Reynolds KD, Clark F, Palmer PH, Gallaher P, Sun P, Guo Q, Johnson CA. Weight Perception, Academic Performance, and Psychological Factors in Chinese Adolescents. American Journal of Health Behavior 30(2):115-124, 2006