Attempts to lose weight among overweight and non-overweight adolescents : a cross-national survey

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dc.contributor.author Ojala, Kristiina
dc.contributor.author Vereecken, Carine
dc.contributor.author Välimaa, Raili
dc.contributor.author Currie, Candace
dc.contributor.author Villberg, Jari
dc.contributor.author Tynjälä, Jorma
dc.contributor.author Kannas, Lasse
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-07T06:23:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-07T06:23:37Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Ojala, K., Vereecken, C., Välimaa, R., Currie, C., Villberg, J., Tynjälä, J. & Kannas, L. (2007). Attempts to lose weight among overweight and non-overweight adolescents: a cross-national survey. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 4. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-4-50
dc.identifier.issn 1479-5868
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/26740
dc.description.abstract Background: Despite the global obesity epidemic, few studies have performed cross-national comparisons of adolescents' attempts to lose weight and weight control practices. This study aims to investigate matters mentioned above by weight status in Europe, Israel, and North America. Methods: Nationally representative samples of adolescents from over 30 countries completed an anonymous, standardized questionnaire as part of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2001/2002 survey. The prevalence and likelihood of attempts to lose weight were determined. The effect of weight status, self-perception of overweight, age and country of residence upon the likelihood of current attempts to lose weight were evaluated using multilevel multivariate logistic regression in separate analyses for boys and girls. The study also presented the prevalence of weight control practices of overweight and non-overweight adolescents who had controlled their weight in seven countries. Results: In general, overweight and obese adolescents were more likely to be engaged in current attempts to lose weight and had tried to control their weight during the past 12 months more often than non-overweight adolescents. Besides weight status, self-perception of overweight and age were significant individual-level factors determining current attempts to lose weight. Country of residence was a significant second-level factor but no clear geographical pattern was found. Several gender-related differences existed. Conclusion: The findings indicated that most overweight adolescents were motivated to reduce their weight. The importance of promoting a healthy body image for all adolescents was highlighted by the fact that self-perception of overweight was found to be the most important factor leading to attempts to lose weight. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
dc.rights © 2007 Ojala et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
dc.subject.other overweight en
dc.subject.other obesity en
dc.subject.other adolescents en
dc.subject.other ylipaino en
dc.subject.other nuoret en
dc.subject.other painonhallinta
dc.subject.other laihduttaminen
dc.subject.other WHO-koululaistutkimus
dc.subject.other weight control practices
dc.subject.other HBSC survey
dc.title Attempts to lose weight among overweight and non-overweight adolescents : a cross-national survey
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011040710600
dc.subject.kota 314
dc.contributor.laitos Terveystieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Terveyskasvatus fi
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.identifier.doi doi:10.1186/1479-5868-4-50
dc.description.version Published version
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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