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Nutrición Hospitalaria

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GALVEZ CASAS, Arancha et al. Relationship between body weight status and self-concept in schoolchildren. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.2, pp.730-736. ISSN 1699-5198.

Body weight status has been linked to other health parameters. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between body weight status and self-concept in a sample of 216 students (9.26 ± 1.26 years) from schools of the Southeast of Spain. BMI (Body-mass index) was used to evaluate the body weight status. Subjects were classified into normal weight, overweight and obesity according to international standards. The six dimensions of self-concept (intellectual, behavioral, physical, lack of anxiety, social and life satisfaction) were assessed using the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale. The results showed significant associations between BMI and intellectual self-concept, life satisfaction, global self-concept and physical self. Subjects categorized as overweight or obese were those who showed lower scores on the self-concept scale. Interventions focused on improving the body weight status are needed in order to achieve better self-concept levels and health among young people.

Keywords : Obesity; Body composition; Exercise; Self-esteem; Childreen.

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