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DANIEL, Carine Garcia et al. Body image, physical activity and nutritional status in adolescents in southern Brazil. Aletheia [online]. 2014, n.45, pp. 128-138. ISSN 1413-0394.

This study aimed to describe the frequency of exercise and time spent in sedentary activities, evaluate the body mass index (BMI) and correlate it with the perception of body image by Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ). Data were collected from 336 students from Gravataí/RS. A significant correlation between BSQ and BMI (r = 0.39 P<0.01) was found. Teenage girls' BMI was 20.43±3.56 kg/m2 and the BSQ result was 82.30±31.37. BMI of teenage boys was 20.31±3.82 kg/m2 and the BSQ was 53.10±19.25. There was a greater concern for adolescent girls regarding body image and lower frequency and time physical activity compared to adolescent boys. More than 80% of the sample performs active commuting to school. The results suggest that teenage girls are more sedentary and concerned with body image than teenage boys.

Keywords : Body image; Physical activity; Adolescent.

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