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Journal of Human Growth and Development

versão impressa ISSN 0104-1282versão On-line ISSN 2175-3598


PEREIRA, Fernanda Nascimento; OLIVEIRA, Jéssica Rodrigues de; ZOLLNER, Cristina Carpentieri  e  GAMBARDELLA, Ana Maria Dianezi. Body weight perception and associated factors in students. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2013, vol.23, n.2, pp.170-176. ISSN 0104-1282.

OBJECTIVE: to analyze the association between body weight perception and related variables in Elementary School students. METHODS: cross-sectional study performed in 2007 with schoolchildren aged 8 to 17, residents of Vitoria (ES). Anthropometric, demographic, socioeconomic and sexual maturation data were collected. Body weight perception was established by one single question as to what the children thought of their own body weight in relation to their height. Logistic regression analysis stratified by gender was used to verify the associations among body weight perception and age, body mass index, waist circumference, pubertal stage and socioeconomic status. The reference category for analysis was "adequate weight perception". RESULTS: three hundred and ninety-seven students participated in the study, 52.4% were females, and the average age (standard deviation) was 12 (1.84) years. Nutritional status for boys and girls showed, respectively, 21.7% and 20.1% overweight, 76.9% and 77.8% normal weight for height, 1.4% and 2.1% underweight. There was statistic association between body weight perception and nutritional status (overweight) for both genders (boys: OR = 6.76; girls: OR = 19.58), and age (10 to 14 years) for boys (OR = 0.40). The other variables did not show any association. CONCLUSION: body weight perception was associated with nutritional status in both genders, and with age only for boys. This reinforces the need for health professionals to monitor these adolescents so that they should have a better understanding of their own bodies.

Palavras-chave : adolescents; nutritional status; body image; body weight.

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