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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.