Longitudinal analysis of weight perception and psychological factors in Chinese adolescents

Bin Xie, Chih Ping Chou, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Kim Reynolds, Paula H. Palmer, Qiaobing Wu, Peggy Gallaher, C. Anderson Johnson

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Objectives: To investigate associations of overweight status and perception with trajectories of psychological distress in adolescents. Methods: Longitudinal data for 6970 Chinese adolescents were included. The multivariate curve-of-factor latent growth curve models were adopted to examine trajectories of psychological distress symptoms and associations with overweight status and perception. Results: After controlling for actual overweight status, psychological distress symptoms were weakly but significantly associated with overweight perception (γ=0.08 for boys and γ=0.10 for girls, P<0.05) and misperception (γ=0.06 for boys and γ=0.09 for girls, P<0.05). Discussion: Our findings help understanding associations of overweight perception and psychological well being of adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-104
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese adolescents.
  • Psychological distress
  • Weight perception.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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