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Body image in Hispanic/Latino vs. European American adolescents: implications for treatment and prevention of obesity in underserved populations.
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PMID:  20693729     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hispanic/Latino (H/L) vs. European American (EA) perceptions of current and ideal body image as well as body dissatisfaction were examined in 416 adolescents aged 12-15 years. Gender, culture, and body mass index (BMI) were hypothesized to affect measures of self-perceived body image and dissatisfaction differentially. Participants completed a computerized survey with gender-specific versions of applicable test items. Overall, body dissatisfaction (BD) was higher among EAs vs. H/Ls, females vs. males, and unhealthy BMI vs. healthy BMI (p<.01). A gender x ethnicity interaction trend was also noted (p>.06), in which BD was highest among EA females, followed by H/L females, EA males, and H/L males. Results suggest that gender and cultural differences in body image among adolescents are significant. This study is an important step toward clarifying the nature of weight-related health risks facing the understudied population of Hispanic/Latino teens.
Natalie Ceballos; Maria Czyzewska
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health care for the poor and underserved     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1548-6869     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-09     Completed Date:  2010-09-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103800     Medline TA:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  823-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Psychology*
Body Image*
Body Mass Index
European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Hispanic Americans / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Obesity / ethnology*,  prevention & control,  therapy
Self Concept
Sex Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Texas / ethnology

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