CitationKilpatrick, M.; Ohanessian, C.; & Bartholomew, J. B. (1999). Adolescent Weight Management and Perceptions: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Journal of School Health. vol. 69 (4) pp. 148-152
AbstractResearchers investigated contemporary weight management activities and weight perceptions among adolescents and determined the effects of school health education on these perceptions and activities. This national, random sample of more than 6,500 adolescents (grades 7-12) measured perceived weight, weight change efforts, weight change activities, Body Mass Index, and health education for weight management. Results indicate that most adolescents: 1) take part in efforts to manage their weight, although many struggle with perceiving their weight; 2) engage in appropriate weight change efforts; and 3) report receiving school health education that positively effects some aspects of their weight management behavior. Thus, adolescents are concerned about weight and perceptions of weight and are engaging in a variety of weight change activities for weight maintenance and weight change. School health education appears to have some effect in improving adolescent health behavior, and discussion centers on this topic. (J Sch Health. 1999;69(4): 148-152)
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of School Health
Bartholomew, J. B.