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Body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, and depression in obese Korean children

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Authors
Shin, Na Young; Shin, Min Sup
Issue Date
2008-03-19
Publisher
Elsevier
Citation
J Pediatr. 2008 ;152(4):502-6.
Keywords
Analysis of Variance*Body ImageBody Mass IndexChildFemaleHumansKoreaMaleObesity/*psychologyQuestionnairesRegression Analysis*Self Concept
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between obesity and psychological well being in children and to examine the mediation effect of body dissatisfaction on mental health of obese Korean children. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 413 Korean children in grades 5 and 6 from 3 elementary schools completed self-reporting questionnaires on body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, and level of depressive symptoms. A sex-specific body mass index for age at or the above the 95th percentile was defined as obese, and that between the 85th and 94th percentiles was defined as overweight. RESULTS: Obese children demonstrated higher body dissatisfaction and lower self-esteem than normal weight and overweight peers (P = 0 and .008, respectively), but not more depression. Body dissatisfaction mediated the association between obesity and self-esteem. The obese children with body dissatisfaction had significantly lower self-esteem and higher levels of depressive symptoms than the obese children without body dissatisfaction and normal weight children (P = 0). CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that childhood obesity may be linked to body dissatisfaction, leading to low self-esteem and high levels of depressive symptoms.
ISSN
1097-6833 (Electronic)
Language
English
URI
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=18346504

http://hdl.handle.net/10371/63550
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2007.09.020
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