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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


DELGADO-FLOODY, Pedro et al. Perception of obese schoolchildren regarding their participation in the Physical Education class and their level of self-esteem: comparison according to corporal status. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.6, pp.1270-1274.  Epub Feb 03, 2020. ISSN 1699-5198.


adequate exposure to Physical Education (PE) classes contributes to a healthier lifestyle among children during their lifespan.


the main objective of this research was to evaluate the perception of obese schoolchildren regarding their participation in PE class and to determine their self-esteem compared with overweight and normal weight groups.


in total, 656 schoolchildren (284 females and 372 males), between eleven and 14 years of age, participated in this study. Assessments were made regarding age, sex, anthropometric variables, children's self-esteem, and perception of participation in the PE class.


obese schoolchildren presented significantly lower values of self-esteem (p < 0.001), and exhibited the highest proportion of schoolchildren with low self-esteem (53%). There was a significant relationship between obesity and the following sentence: "I am the last one they choose for games and in games and sports"; 48.53% of schoolchildren with obesity responded positively. With the following sentence: "I look instead of playing", 57.4% of schoolchildren with obesity responded positively.


the results revealed that schoolchildren with obesity feel excluded from PE classes and show low levels of self-esteem, compared with normal weight


Keywords : Schoolchildren; Physical Education; Self-esteem; Obesity.

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