Gender differences in adolescent weight and shape-related beliefs and behaviours.
To describe the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of North Queensland adolescents about weight, weight loss and body shape, and to examine the influence of gender.
A questionnaire was used to survey 791 year 8 adolescents from private schools in north Queensland.
Only 41% of the girls and 54% of the boys were satisfied with their weight ; 52% of the girls and 27% of the boys wanted to lose weight ; 52% of the girls thought their thighs were too fat and 26% of the boys thought their stomachs were too fat.
When surveyed, 35% of the girls and 22% of the boys were trying to lose weight.
The weight loss drive, so prevalent in our culture, is already apparent among 12-14 year old schoolchildren.
The challenge is to prevent obesity without encouraging an accompanying obsession with weight loss ; however, good information, appropriately delivered, may be insufficient without a change in cultural expectations and assistance from the fashion and advertising industries.
Mots-clés Pascal : Poids corporel, Adolescent, Homme, Attitude, Mode de vie, Comportement, Croyance, Mâle, Femelle, Image corporelle, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Body weight, Adolescent, Human, Attitude, Life habit, Behavior, Belief, Male, Female, Body image, Australia, Oceania
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0279660
Code Inist : 002B22B. Création : 199608.