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Ethnic/racial differences in the self-reported physical and mental health correlates of adolescent obesity.

Whaley, Arthur L and Smith, Michelle and Hancock, Anyaliese (2011) Ethnic/racial differences in the self-reported physical and mental health correlates of adolescent obesity. Journal of health psychology. ISSN 1461-7277

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Abstract

Adolescent obesity has increased significantly during the past 20 years disproportionately affecting African-Americans. We tested the cultural hypothesis which suggests that the acceptance of a larger body size among African-Americans serves as a protective factor against negative physical and mental health consequences. Secondary analyses of data from a subsample of 5158 Black and White participants in the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey were conducted to assess the relationship between weight status and global self-reports of physical and psychological health. Planned comparisons revealed support of our hypotheses for some outcomes but not others. Implications for interventions targeting adolescent obesity are discussed.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent obesity, African-Americans
Subjects: Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Obesity
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2011 19:23
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2011 19:23
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2768

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