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Weight satisfaction and self-esteem among teenagers in Helsinki, Moscow and Tallinn.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15018378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Information on weight satisfaction in Eastern Europe is limited. This study compares relative weight, weight satisfaction and self-esteem of teenagers living in two post-Soviet capitals, Moscow and Tallinn, and a western capital Helsinki. METHOD: Classroom surveys including data about weight and height, weight satisfaction and self-4 esteem among 15-18-year-old girls (n = 911) and boys (n = 650) collected in 1994-95. RESULTS: Body mass index and self-esteem were highest in Helsinki. Nevertheless, feelings of over-weight were most common among Tallinn girls and feelings of over- and underweight among Muscovite girls. Boys were mostly satisfied with their current weight with no differences between cities. Low self-esteem was associated with feelings of overweight among girls and underweight among boys. DISCUSSION: Somewhat unexpectedly, girls grown in non-western cultures were more dissatisfied with their weight than girls in Helsinki. These findings may partly be attributable to rapid economic and cultural transformations that were occurring in these countries during the study period.
S Sarlio-Lähteenkorva; K Pärna; H Palosuo; I Zhuravleva; H Mussalo-Rauhamaa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eating and weight disorders : EWD     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1124-4909     ISO Abbreviation:  Eat Weight Disord     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-15     Completed Date:  2004-04-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9707113     Medline TA:  Eat Weight Disord     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Psychology*
Analysis of Variance
Body Image*
Body Mass Index
Body Weight*
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Logistic Models
Self Concept*
Sex Factors

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