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Association between body image dissatisfaction and obesity among schoolchildren aged 7–10years

Costa, Larissa da Cunha Feio, Silva, Diego Augusto Santos, Alvarenga, Marle dos Santos, de Vasconcelos, Francisco de Assis Guedes
Physiology & behavior 2016 v.160 pp. 6-11
body fat, body image, body mass index, body size, boys, curriculum, girls, obesity, school children, students, waist circumference
The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between body image dissatisfaction and measurements of obesity - body mass index, waist circumference and body fat percentage - in students aged 7 to 10years in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina.Body image dissatisfaction was assessed by the Figure Rating Scale for Brazilian children. Association analyses were performed using multinomial logistic regression.Body dissatisfaction was prevalent in 82.9% of the students, of whom 59.9% desired a smaller body size and 23.0% desired a larger body size, with a significant difference between the sexes. In boys, overweight, obesity and central obesity remained associated with the desire for a smaller body size, whereas for girls overweight and excess body fat were associated with the desire for a smaller body size.The results point to a normative discontent and indicate the need to include the topic of body image in the school curriculum.