Ethnic differences in weight control practices among U.S. adolescents from 1995 to 2005.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To examine trends in weight control practices from 1995 to 2005. METHOD The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System biennially assesses five weight control behaviors among nationally representative samples of United States high school students. RESULTS Across time, more females than males dieted (53.8% vs. 23.8%), used diet products (10% vs. 4.3%), purged (7.5% vs. 2.7%), exercised (66.5% vs. 46.9%), or vigorously exercised (42.8% vs. 36.8%). All weight control behaviors among males increased during the decade. Black females were less likely than Hispanic females, who were less likely than White females, to practice weight control. White males were less likely than Black males, who were less likely than Hispanic males, to practice weight control. The ethnic difference in weight control practices is consistent across time. CONCLUSION All male adolescents are at increasing risk for developing eating disorder symptomatology, and Black females appear to continue to resist pressure to pursue thinness.

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@article{Chao2008EthnicDI, title={Ethnic differences in weight control practices among U.S. adolescents from 1995 to 2005.}, author={Y May Chao and Emily M Pisetsky and Lisa C. Dierker and F A Dohm and Francine Rosselli and Alexis M. May and Ruth H. Striegel-Moore}, journal={The International journal of eating disorders}, year={2008}, volume={41 2}, pages={124-33} }