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  1. Dieting behavior among 11-15-year-old girls in Merseyside and the Northwest of England.

    Article - En anglais


    To examine the general dieting behavior and characteristics of adolescent girls in the United Kingdom, and in particular, the Northwest of England.


    A total of 569 girls, ages 11-15 years, from six schools in the Merseyside and Lancashire area, representing a cross-section of social status, completed a nonstandardized questionnaire concerning general dieting behavior.

    Data were analyzed using SPSS (p<

    05 was considered significant).


    The incidence of dieting was 35.3%. The earliest reported age of starting to diet was 8 years.

    Significantly more girls from the independent schools (45.2%) had started to diet by the age of 10 years, compared to girls from the comprehensive schools (24%) (p=03).

    Of those who had dieted, 30.3% had dieted up to two times during the previous 12 months, 17.4% had dieted up to four times, and 6% had dieted for most of the time.

    Most girls (33%) dieted for 2-4 weeks at a time, and 66% thought that dieting was good for their health.

    Only 52% said their parents did not approve of them dieting.

    Most girls (42.1%) dieted because they felt they were too fat.


    This study has shown that many young girls are engaging in potentially harmful dieting practices from a very early age, and are of the opinion that dieting is a healthy activity.

    This would suggest that many misconceptions are held with regard to nutritional advice and education, and that such information should be reviewed and changed accordingly.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Comportement alimentaire, Adolescent, Homme, Femelle, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Prévalence, Autocontrôle, Régime alimentaire restrictif, Statut social, Age apparition, Epidémiologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Feeding behavior, Adolescent, Human, Female, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Prevalence, Self control, Restricted diet, Social status, Age of onset, Epidemiology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0469653

    Code Inist : 002A16E. Création : 22/03/2000.