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Prevalence of dieting, overweight, body image satisfaction and associated psychological problems in adolescent boys

Bener, Abdulbari and Kamal, Abdulaziz and Tewfik, Ihab and Sabuncuoglu, Osman (2006) Prevalence of dieting, overweight, body image satisfaction and associated psychological problems in adolescent boys. Nutrition & Food Science, 36 (5). pp. 295-304. ISSN 0034-6659

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00346650610703144

Abstract

Purpose - The aim of the present study is to examine the severity of dieting and its association with obesity, body satisfaction and psychological problems in adolescent boys. Design/methodology/approach - A representative sample of 800 boys in the age group of 14-19 in Qatar was approached during the period from October to December, 2004 and 593 boys gave consent to participate in this study, thus giving a response rate of 74.1 per cent. Self-reports were obtained from 593 teenage boys using the adolescent dieting scale (ADS), and the self-reporting questionnaire (SRQ-20) for psychopathology. Findings - Of the studied subjects, 33.1 per cent were overweight, 10.1 per cent were extreme dieters and 37.4 per cent were intermediate dieters. Among the dieters, 34 per cent were overweight. Dieting was more likely in subjects who practiced exercise and who were perceived by peers or themselves as overweight. The extreme dieters experienced more psychological problems than the intermediate dieters and non-dieters. Extreme dieters reported sleeping problems (58.3 per cent), tired all the time (53.3 per cent) and felt like crying more than usual (50 per cent). Television was the main source of information on diet (61.7 per cent). Originality/value - The present study findings provide a strong evidence for the association between frequent dieting and overweight, body image dissatisfaction and psychological problems.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adolescents, boys, diet, obesity, Qatar, self-esteem
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:2535
Deposited On:23 Oct 2006
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:31

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