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Longitudinal concomitants of incorrect weight perception in female and male adolescents.
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PMID:  21147053     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The aim of the present study was to analyse the longitudinal concomitants of incorrect weight perception, depressive symptoms, social anxiety, self-esteem, and eating disorders in adolescents. A prospective follow-up study on 283 female and 312 male adolescents aged 15 comprising questionnaires directed at the whole study population and subsequent personal interviews with adolescents found to be screen-positive for eating disorders, at both baseline and three-year follow-up. Body mass index was combined with weight perception to classify adolescents with incorrect weight perception. Twenty-nine percent of females incorrectly perceived themselves as overweight and 14% of males incorrectly as underweight. Incorrect weight perception was in females related to depressive symptoms, social anxiety, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Males with incorrect weight perception experienced more social anxiety at the follow-up than their counterparts with correct weight perception. Recognition of incorrect weight perception is important for prevention of depression, social anxiety, and eating disorders.
Rasmus Isomaa; Anna-Lisa Isomaa; Mauri Marttunen; Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino; Kaj Björkqvist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Body image     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1873-6807     ISO Abbreviation:  Body Image     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101222431     Medline TA:  Body Image     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Social Sciences, Åbo Akademi University-Vasa, Vasa, Finland.
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