Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome



Korean J Obes 2013; 22(4): 251-253

Published online December 31, 2013

Copyright © Korean Society for the Study of Obesity.

Adolescents’ Satisfaction of Body and Self-Esteem According to Obesity and Subjective Perception of Body: Verification of Moderating Effect of Sex

Sujung Nam*, Jongho Park(1)

Education College, Jeonju University; and 365mc Obesity Clinic(1)

Received: May 29, 2013; Reviewed : June 18, 2013; Accepted: July 14, 2013

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Background: This study not only analyzed how obesity and one's own subjective body perception have on adolescents’ satisfaction of their own body and self-esteem, but also the moderating effect of gender.
Methods: We carried out GLM (Generalized Linear Mode) to estimate the effects of adolescents’ obesity and subjective body perception on the satisfaction of their own body and self-esteem by using SPSS 20.0.
Results: Those who perceived their weight to be underweight among boys showed statistically lower satisfaction of their body and lower self esteem. In contrast, self perception of being underweight among girls statistically increased both satisfaction of their body and self esteem.
Conclusion: Self perception of being underweight statistically proved to lower one's satisfaction of their own body and self-esteem among boys, in contrast to girls.

Keywords: Adolescents, BMI, Subjective perception of body, Satisfaction of body, Self-esteem

Fig. 1. Interaction effects of subjective perception of body and sex on satisfaction of body and self-esteem.

Effects of obesity, subjective perception of body and sex on satisfaction of body and self-esteem

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