Table 1

Characteristics of childrens weight status and physical appearance satisfaction (n=202) and psychological well-being (n=78)
Full sample (n=202) Sub-sample (n=78)
Variable Mean SD Mean SD
Age, years 10.67 0.98 10.85 1.03
BMI, kg/m2 23.05 5.07 23.86 5.52
BMI z-scorea 1.78 1.22 1.90 1.23
n % n %
Girl 114 56.44 50 64.10
Normal weightb 54 26.73 18 23.08
Overweightb 57 28.22 22 28.21
Obeseb 91 45.05 38 48.72
Pictorial discrepancy
 desire to be smaller 128 63.37 60 76.92
 ok with body size 49 24.26 11 14.10
 desire to be bigger 25 12.38 7 8.97
What do you think of your body size?
 too big 59 29.21 29 37.18
 just right 122 60.40 45 57.69
 too small 21 10.40 4 5.13
Do you like the way you look now?
 no 70 34.65 36 46.15
 yes 132 65.35 42 53.85

aBMI z-scores according to the World Health Organization (WHO) age- and gender-specific reference values [20].

b Weight status categories (normal weight, overweight, and obese) according to the World Health Organization (WHO) age- and gender-specific reference values [20].

Willows et al.

Willows et al. BMC Pediatrics 2013 13:118   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-13-118

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