Weight concerns among elementary school children : a review of prevention programs

Holt, Kate E. and Ricciardelli, Lina A. 2008, Weight concerns among elementary school children : a review of prevention programs, Body image, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 233-243.

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Title Weight concerns among elementary school children : a review of prevention programs
Author(s) Holt, Kate E.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Journal name Body image
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 233
End page 243
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) prevention
children
preadolescents
programs
weight and muscle concerns
body image
Summary There is increasing evidence that children display high levels of weight and muscle concerns, which include body dissatisfaction and problem eating. In order to address these issues, researchers have designed and implemented prevention programs for this age group. Thirteen published studies were located and reviewed, with children aged 8–12 years from elementary schools, or equivalent. Overall, the programs were shown to be effective in improving children's knowledge at post-test and at follow-up assessments. However, there is limited evidence to show that the programs reduced or prevented body image concerns and/or problem eating. Too few studies have examined muscle concerns so no conclusions can yet be drawn about this domain. Limitations of the studies and suggestions for future prevention efforts are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017583

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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