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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Jul-Aug;34(4):476-88.

Overweight, body image, and depression in Asian and Hispanic adolescents.

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  • 1School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University, San Dimas, CA 91773, USA. bin.xie@cgu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To prospectively investigate associations between overweight and depressive symptoms in Asian and Hispanic adolescents.

METHODS:

Data included 780 Hispanic and 375 Asian students. Structural equation model was used to prospectively explore moderation effects of gender, ethnicity, and acculturation on associations of overweight, body image dissatisfaction, and depressive symptoms.

RESULTS:

Significant mediation effect was found only in Asian girls (mediation effect = 0.16, P < 0.05) and girls with high acculturation (mediation effect = 0.17, P < 0.05). Overweight significantly predicted higher body image dissatisfaction, which in turn was significantly related to depressive symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings help understanding the association of overweight and experience of depressive symptoms.

PMID:
20218759
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PMCID:
PMC2860429
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