2001 - Research

Social, Educational, and Psychological Correlates of Weight Status in Adolescents

This research study examines the social, educational, and psychological correlates of weight status in an adolescent population of 4,742 male and 5,201 female public school students in the 7th, 9th, and 11th grades.

  • Results among obese boys reveal:
    • 21.8% report being held back or having to repeat a grade
    • 33% expect not to finish college
  • Results among obese girls reveal:
    • 16.3% report being held back or having to repeat a grade
    • 12% consider themselves below average students
    • 35% expect not to finish college
  • This study reports associations between weight status and social relationships, school experiences, psychological well-being, and some future aspirations.

Faulkner, Nicole H., Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne, Story, Mary, Jeffery W., Robert, Beuhring, Trish and Resnick, Michael D. “Social, Educational, and Psychological Correlates of Weight Status in Adolescents.” Obesity Research. 9 (2001):32-42.

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