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Body Image. 2012 Jun;9(3):404-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2012.02.002. Epub 2012 Mar 12.

Body image trends among Icelandic adolescents: a cross-sectional national study from 1997 to 2010.

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Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland.

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  • Body Image. 2013 Sep;10(4):657.


The aim of this study was to evaluate trends in body image among Icelandic adolescents from 1997 to 2010. Data from five cross-sectional surveys conducted among national samples of 9th and 10th graders in Iceland using five time points (1997, 2000, 2006, 2009, and 2010) were compared to examine changes in body image. In total, 32,397 adolescents participated in the study. Body image among 14-15-year-old adolescents in Iceland improved significantly over the 13-year period. Girls reported more negative body image than boys at all time points. However, the positive change in body image from 1997 to 2010 was more pronounced for girls than boys, resulting in a narrower gap between the genders. The current results are encouraging and indicate that in an age of increased overweight and obesity, the body image of Icelandic adolescents is becoming more positive.

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