Previously presented at NAASO and Pediatric Academic Societies meetings only.
Perception of overweight and self-esteem during adolescence†
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 5, pages 447–454, July 2010
How to Cite
Perrin, E. M., Boone-Heinonen, J., Field, A. E., Coyne-Beasley, T. and Gordon-Larsen, P. (2010), Perception of overweight and self-esteem during adolescence. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 447–454. doi: 10.1002/eat.20710
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 APR 2009
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Grant Numbers: R01HD057194, K23HD051817
- weight perception;
- eating disorders;
To examine sex- and race/ethnicity-specific relationships between adolescents' self-esteem and weight perception.
Descriptive analysis and logistic regression of Wave II of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 6,427 males, 6,574 females; ages 11–21) examined associations between low self-esteem and perceived overweight within body mass index (BMI) percentile categories, controlling for sociodemographics and stratified by sex and race/ethnicity.
25.1% and 8% of normal weight females and males, respectively, perceived themselves as overweight, with variation by race/ethnicity. Low self-esteem was most strongly associated with misperceived overweight in moderate BMI percentile categories (males: OR = 2.34; 95% CI: 1.60–3.41; females: OR = 2.39; 95% CI: 1.82, 3.16). Odds of correctly perceived overweight were higher for low (versus high) self-esteem in white and black females but not males of any race/ethnicity.
Understanding subgroup differences by race/ethnicity in perceived overweight-self-esteem relationships may inform eating disorders' prevention strategies. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010