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dc.contributor.authorDzielska, Anna
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Colette
dc.contributor.authorOjala, Kristiina
dc.contributor.authorFinne, Emily
dc.contributor.authorSpinelli, Angela
dc.contributor.authorFurstova, Jana
dc.contributor.authorFismen, Anne-Siri
dc.contributor.authorErcan, Oya
dc.contributor.authorTesler, Riki
dc.contributor.authorMelkumova, Marina
dc.contributor.authorCanale, Natale
dc.contributor.authorNardone, Paola
dc.contributor.authorGudelj Rakic, Jelena
dc.contributor.authorDalmasso, Paola
dc.identifier.citationDzielska, Anna, Kelly, Colette, Ojala, Kristiina, Finne, Emily, Spinelli, Angela, Furstova, Jana, Fismen, Anne-Siri, Ercan, Oya, Tesler, Riki, Melkumova, Marina, Canale, Natale, Nardone, Paola, Gudelj Rakic, Jelena, Dalmasso, Paola. (2020). Weight Reduction Behaviors Among European Adolescents—Changes From 2001/2002 to 2017/2018. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(6, Supplement), S70-S80. doi:
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to analyze changes in the prevalence of weight reduction behaviors (WRBs) among European adolescents from 26 countries between 2001/2002 and 2017/2018. The impact of the perception of body weight on WLB was also analyzed, with particular attention being paid to overestimation. The data of 639,194 European adolescents aged 11, 13, and 15 years who participated in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey were analyzed. Age-standardized prevalence rates of WRB were estimated separately by survey round and gender for each country, using the overall 2017/2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study population as the standard. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to assess WRB trends over time, adjusted for survey year, body mass index, body weight misperception, and family affluence and stratified by gender and age. In the 26 countries examined, the overall age-adjusted prevalence rates of WRB were 10.2% among boys and 18.0% among girls. The prevalence of WRB was higher for girls, but in the more recent surveys, gender differences in WRB decreased. There was a significant increase in the percentage of WRB among boys in most countries. Among girls, most countries did not experience significant changes. Increases in body mass index and overestimation of body weight were significant factors increasing the risk of WRB in both genders. The change in the prevalence of WRB by gender warrants greater attention from researchers and practitioners alike.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThis article was also supported by the Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw, Poland (grant No. 510-20-66), the research grants from the European Regional Development Fund-Project “Effective Use of Social Research Studies for Practice” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007294), and the research grant from the Juho Vainio Foundation (Finland), (grant No. #284439).en_IE
dc.relation.ispartofJournal Of Adolescent Healthen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectWeight reduction behavioren_IE
dc.subjectWeight perceptionen_IE
dc.subjectOverestimation of body weighten_IE
dc.titleWeight reduction behaviors among European adolescents—Changes from 2001/2002 to 2017/2018.en_IE
dc.contributor.funderInstitute of Mother and Child, Warsaw, Polanden_IE
dc.contributor.funderEuropean Regional Development Funden_IE
dc.contributor.funderJuho Vainio Foundation, Finlanden_IE
dc.local.contactColette Kelly, Dept Of Health Promotion, Nui, Galway. 3186 Email:
dc.local.copyrightcheckedYes - Open access. APC paid through HBSC international network (email from author 11/06/2020

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