S-Space College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원) Psychiatry (정신과학전공) Journal Papers (저널논문_정신과학전공)
Body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, and depression in obese Korean children
- Shin, Na Young; Shin, Min Sup
- Issue Date
- J Pediatr. 2008 ;152(4):502-6.
- Analysis of Variance; *Body Image; Body Mass Index; Child; Female; Humans; Korea; Male; Obesity/*psychology; Questionnaires; Regression Analysis; *Self Concept
- 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.
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