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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION COLLABORATIVE CROSS-NATIONAL SURVEY

 

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Data visualisation: Negative body image

This visualisation allows you to explore HBSC's data for young people who report perceiving their body to be “too fat”, defined as being “a bit too fat” or “much too fat”.

Body image is closely linked to self-esteem and refers to how a person sees themselves, how they feel about the way they look and how they think others see them. Many factors influence body image such as family environment, pubertal development, peer relations, media consumption and socio-cultural norms.

An unhealthy body image in childhood can have long-lasting consequences which seriously affect a child’s social, physical and emotional development.

Weight-control behaviours resulting from body image dissatisfaction include unhealthy practices such as skipping breakfast and an overemphasis on risky caloric reduction. Body weight dissatisfaction is also related to increased substance use, risky sexual behaviour and poor mental health.

 

This visualisation has received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme (2008-2013). The content of this visualisation represents the views of the author and it is his sole responsibility; it can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive agency does not accept responsibility for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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contact: Mr Joseph Hancock

item 3098
[30-09-2014 to 31-12-2014]

 


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