What is it about?

This study examined (a) how likely boys were trying to stay the same weight, lose weight, gain weight, or do nothing about weight (weight control behavior) based on their race/ethnicity and grade level, and (b) how boys’ perceived pressures (from parents, peers, and media) to lose weight, gain weight, exercise, and diet predicted the likelihood, taken their BMI and grade level into consideration.

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Why is it important?

Most weight-related research is on girls instead of boys, so this study provided important evidence of boys' weight control behavior. The significant roles of grade levels and different sociocultural pressures in predicting weight control behavior suggest that health professionals and school staff should consider these factors when intervening with early adolescent boys.


This study stemmed from my personal interests, though not my major line of research, while collaborating with co-authors who are experts in this field was a great experience.

Dr Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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This page is a summary of: Relations between sociocultural pressures and weight control behavior among early adolescent boys, Psychology in the Schools, November 2018, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/pits.22212.
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