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Social factors, weight perception, and weight control practices among adolescents in Mexico.

Authors
  • Bojorquez, Ietza1
  • Villatoro, Jorge2
  • Delgadillo, Marlene2
  • Fleiz, Clara2
  • Fregoso, Diana2
  • Unikel, Claudia2
  • 1 1 El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico. , (Mexico)
  • 2 2 Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria Ramon de la Fuente Muñiz, Mexico. , (Mexico)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
7
Pages
939–950
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316643596
PMID: 27106084
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

We evaluated the association of social factors and weight control practices in adolescents, and the mediation of this association by weight perception, in a national survey of students in Mexico ( n = 28,266). We employed multinomial and Poisson regression models and Sobel's test to assess mediation. Students whose mothers had a higher level of education were more likely to perceive themselves as overweight and also to engage in weight control practices. After adjusting for body weight perception, the effect of maternal education on weight control practices remained significant. Mediation tests were significant for boys and non-significant for girls.

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