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Influence of childhood obesity on the development of self-esteem

Creator: Statistics Canada

Geography: North America, Canada

Categories: Nutrition/Obesity/Body Mass

Tags: child development, child obesity, health surveys, mental health

Date: 2009



PDF, 8 pages.

“The consequences of overweight in childhood for physical health have received considerable attention, but relatively little research has examined the mental health consequences. This article examines longitudinal relationships between body weight and self-esteem in a nationally representative probability sample of Canadian children. The data are from cycles 1, 2 and 3 of the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. Logistic regression analysis using weighted data examined whether body weight at baseline predicted self-esteem two and four years later.”