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How Has Children’s Body Image Changed Over Time?

Results from a Chinese nationwide survey indicate that the prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity nearly tripled from 6.5% to 16.8% from 2000-2011, but children’s perception of being fat remained at 2%. The findings are published in Obesity.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 11:24 am EDT
"Resolving negative body image among children could bring great self-motivation toward a healthy lifestyle"

Results from a Chinese nationwide survey indicate that the prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity nearly tripled from 6.5% to 16.8% from 2000-2011, but children’s perception of being fat remained at 2%. The findings are published in Obesity.

The study also found that 49% of children underestimated their weight status at the start of the study. Children who perceived themselves as being fat at the start of the study had a higher increase in body mass index over time than those with an average body image. Boys, young children, and rural children had higher body mass index increases than their counterparts. Over time, a thin body silhouette became more desirable.

The study analyzed data on 4,605 children aged 6-17 years at baseline.

“Resolving negative body image among children could bring great self-motivation toward a healthy lifestyle,” said lead author Dr. Jungwon Min, of Ball State University.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.22310

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Obesity is owned by and is the official publication of The Obesity Society. The journal offers prompt publication of high-quality original research and presents new information in the areas of clinical nutrition medicine, pharmacology, nutrition medicine, genetics, adipogenesis, behavioral epidemiology, biophysics and lipid metabolism, exercise and human physiology, nutritional epidemiology, phenotyping, fat cell physiology, aging, neuroscience, transgenic models, metabolic syndrome, nutrition behavior, pediatric obesity, and adipocyte cell biology.

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