Body size dissatisfaction among young Chinese children in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study

Knowles, Gemma, Ling, Fiona, Thomas, G Neil, Adab, Peymane and McManus, Alison M (2015) Body size dissatisfaction among young Chinese children in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study. Public Health Nutrition, 18 (6). pp. 1067-1074. ISSN 1368-9800

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Objective: To determine the potential predictors of body size dissatisfaction in Chinese children. Design: The Child’s Body Image Scale was used to assess body size perception and dissatisfaction. BMI was calculated from objectively measured height and weight. Predictors of body size dissatisfaction were examined by logistic regression analysis. Setting: Hong Kong, China.Subjects: Six hundred and twenty children (53 % boys, aged 6·1–12·9 years) from a state-run primary school. Results: Female sex (adjusted OR (AOR)=1·91; 95 % CI 1·32, 2·76), age (AOR=2·62; 95 % CI 1·65, 4·16 for 8–10 years; AOR =2·16; 95 % CI 1·38, 3·38 for >10 years), overweight (AOR=6·23; 95 % CI 3·66, 10·60) and obesity (AOR=19·04; 95 % CI 5·64, 64·32) were positively associated with desire to be thinner. Size misperception was a strong predictor of body size dissatisfaction,irrespective of actual weight status (AOR=1·90; 95 % CI 1·02, 3·54 for overestimation; AOR=0·43; 95 % CI 0·27, 0·67 for underestimation). Conclusions: Body size dissatisfaction is prevalent among Chinese children as young as 6 years. Female sex, age, overweight, obesity and overestimation of size were associated with increased desire to be thinner. These findings emphasise the importance of preventing body image issues from an early age.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body image, Size perception, Hong Kong, Child, Body size dissatisfaction
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 16:11
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 16:35

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