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A cross-sectional study of weight-and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns of north Queensland adolescents

Nowak, Madeleine, Crawford, David and Buttner, Petra 2001, A cross-sectional study of weight-and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns of north Queensland adolescents, Australian journal of nutrition & dietetics, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 174-180.

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Title A cross-sectional study of weight-and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns of north Queensland adolescents
Author(s) Nowak, Madeleine
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Buttner, Petra
Journal name Australian journal of nutrition & dietetics
Volume number 58
Issue number 3
Start page 174
End page 180
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Limited
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1032-1322
Keyword(s) adolescents
weight
shape
behaviours
beliefs
Summary The purpose of this study was to examine differences in weight- and shape-related beliefs, behaviours and concerns across a high school population. Data were collected by questionnaire from 902 high school students from private schools in Townsville. Concerns about weight and shape were more apparent in students from the higher school years. More girls in higher than lower school years were dissatisfied with their bodies, concerned that many parts of their bodies were too fat and more of them attempted weight loss. More boys in higher than lower school years were satisfied with their bodies but they wanted to 'bulk up'. Societal expectations of weight and shape may adversely affect both males and females but in different ways. Thus, interventions aiming to promote the maintenance of a healthy body weight may need to account for the desire of the majority of young women to be thinner, while the majority of young men would like to be larger.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ┬ęBlackwell Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008411

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