Overweight, body image, and depression in asian and hispanic adolescents

Bin Xie, Jennifer B. Unger, Peggy Gallaher, C. Anderson Johnson, Qiaobing Wu, Chih Ping Chou

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To prospectively investigate associations between overweight and depressive symptoms in Asian and Hispanic adolescents. Methods: Data included 780 Hispanic and 375 Asian students. Structural equation model was used to prospectively explore moderation effects of gender, ethnicity, and acculturation on associations of overweight, body image dissatisfaction, and depressive symptoms. Results: Significant mediation effect was found only in Asian girls (mediation effect= 0.16, P<0.05) and girls with high acculturation (mediation effect= 0.17, P<0.05). Overweight significantly predicted higher body image dissatisfaction, which in turn was significantly related to depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Our findings help understanding the association of overweight and experience of depressive symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-488
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Body image
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Overweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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