An-Najah National University

Haleama Al Sabbah


  • Bookmark and Share Email
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2008
  • Associations of overweight and of weight dissatisfaction among Palestinian adolescents: findings from the national study of Palestinian schoolchildren (HBSC-WBG2004)
  • Published at:Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics








    Overweight and obesity as well as weight dissatisfaction

    have been increasing in prevalence worldwide. Body weight

    dissatisfaction and fear of fatness are potential contributors to disordered

    eating. The present study aimed to investigate the prevalence

    of self-reported overweight and weight dissatisfaction along with

    associations with socio-demographic characteristics, body image,

    health complaints, risk behaviours, physical activity and television

    viewing in adolescents in Palestine.





    The 2003/04 Palestinian Health Behaviour in School-aged

    Children (HBSC) is a cross-sectional survey of 17 817 adolescents

    from 405 randomly selected schools. Students from a representative

    sample of grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 (aged 12–18 years) self-completed a

    modified version of the international World Health Organization

    collaborative Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC-2002)






    Although 16.5% of the adolescents were overweight, almost


    twice that number (32.1%) were dissatisfied with their weight (i.e.

    dieting or perceiving a need to diet). Of those adolescents, two-thirds

    were not actually overweight (56.4% boys; 73.5% girls). One-fifth of

    the total number of adolescents (16.0% boys; 24.0% girls) were not

    overweight but were dissatisfied with their weight. Boys reporting

    overweight or weight dissatisfaction were more likely to have mothers

    with higher education or to be from more affluent families. Among

    both genders, but especially among girls, weight dissatisfaction was

    positively associated with most of the outcome variables (body image,

    health complaints, risk behaviours, and television viewing) regardless

    of weight status, whereas weight status was associated with only a few

    of the outcome variables.





    Weight dissatisfaction, independent of weight status,


    is associated with body image, health complaints, risk behaviours and

    television viewing, and represents a potential health risk factor for

    adolescents. Preventive interventions should focus not only on weight

    status, but also on body weight dissatisfaction.








  • Bookmark and Share Email
Leave a Comment


Haleama Hasan Al Sabbah
Show Full ProfileEnglish CV
Please do not email me if you do not know me
Please do not e-mail me if you do not know me