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HBSC Slovakia Publishes: Is being a boy and feeling fat a barrier for physical activity?

Regular physical activity provides physical and mental health benefits. Previous studies have shown physical activity to be associated with body image and gender. This cross national study, using 2010 data from the HBSC study and conducted by members of our Slovakian research team, explores the associations of body image with physical activity among adolescents and investigates whether gender modifies this association.

Sufficient physical activity was found to be more likely in adolescents perceiving themselves as fat and in boys. A poor body image among girls was not associated with physical activity, whereas among boys it was associated with less physical activity. Gender does appear to moderate the relationship between body image and physical activity in young people. These findings indicate that health promotion efforts should be targeted at boys with a negative body image, as they are at higher risk of physical inactivity.

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contact: Mr Joseph Hancock

item 2572
[31-10-2014 to 22-02-2015]

 


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