Weight control behaviors among overweight, normal weight and underweight adolescents in Palestine: Findings from the national study of Palestinian schoolchildren (HBSC-WBG2004)
Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 326–336, May 2010
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Al Sabbah, H., Vereecken, C., Abdeen, Z., Kelly, C., Ojala, K., Németh, Á., Ahluwalia, N. and Maes, L. (2010), Weight control behaviors among overweight, normal weight and underweight adolescents in Palestine: Findings from the national study of Palestinian schoolchildren (HBSC-WBG2004). Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 326–336. doi: 10.1002/eat.20698
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAR 2009
- Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC)
- Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO-Flanders)
- weight control;
The objective of the study is to examine the relationship between weight-control behaviors and self-reported sociodemographic characteristics, weight status, and perception of body weight in a large, representative sample of adolescents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip territories of Palestine.
Self-report measures of sociodemographic characteristics, body weight perception, height and weight, and weight-control behaviors were completed by 8,885 male and female students aged 12–18 years from 405 randomly selected schools as part of the 2003/2004 Palestinian Health Behavior in School-aged Children Study (HBSC).
In both genders, dieting to lose weight was common among adolescents and significantly higher among overweight than among underweight or normal weight adolescents. Extreme weight-control behaviors (vomiting, diet pills, or laxatives) and smoking were more common among boys than girls, and extreme weight-control behaviors were particularly common among underweight boys. Older adolescents were less likely than younger adolescents to engage in weight-control behaviors. Perception of body weight as too fat was an influential factor in following an unhealthy diet to lose weight.
Practices to control weight, particularly extreme and unhealthy weight-control behaviors, are common among adolescents in the Palestinian territories. These findings suggest the need to design appropriate prevention and early intervention programs for adolescents in Palestine. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010