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Title: The effect of history of teasing on body dissatisfaction and intention to eat healthy in overweight and obese subjects
Authors: HEIJENS, Thomas 
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford Journals
Source: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 22 (1), p. 121-126
Abstract: ackground: Obesity has become a health problem in western Europe and Belgium. In Belgium, 54% of the males and 40% of the females are overweight. A high percentage of overweight kids endure teasing because of their weight. The effect of history of teasing on body dissatisfaction and the intention to eat healthy is studied. Methods: In a sample of 239 overweight and obese participants with a history of teasing about their weight, factors contributing to weight-controlling behaviour were studied to gain more insight into the understanding of the lack of such behaviour. By means of a path model, the intention to eat healthy was estimated by body mass index (BMI), social norm, internalization, history of teasing, body dissatisfaction and self-efficacy. Results: History of teasing and social norm had a direct effect on body dissatisfaction as well as an indirect effect through internalization. BMI appeared to have no effects. Both body dissatisfaction and self-efficacy had effects on the intention to eat healthy. Conclusion: Self-efficacy has a large effect on intention to eat healthy and should be heightened. The environmental factors contribute to high body dissatisfaction. This high body dissatisfaction, however, does not have a large effect on the intention to eat healthy.
Keywords: Body dissatisfaction, health, obesety, teasing
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ISSN: 1101-1262
e-ISSN: 1464-360X
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckr012
ISI #: 000299746500028
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2013
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