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The Relationship between BMI, Weight Perception and Depression-like Symptoms in Korean Middle School Students

우리나라 중학생의 체질량지수 및 주관적 체형인식과 우울감 경험의 관련성

  • Byeon, Haewon (Dept. of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology Center, Nambu University)
  • 변해원 (남부대학교 언어치료청각학과, 남부대학교 언어치료센터)
  • Received : 2013.08.16
  • Accepted : 2013.12.05
  • Published : 2013.12.31

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the association between the Body Mass Index (BMI), weight perception and depression-like symptoms in Korean middle school students. The data was obtained from the 2012 Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey. The subjects were 37,297 students living in the community. Adjusting for covariates (sex, school year, home economics, city-type, school record, self-reported happiness, self-reported health status, suicidal thinking, smoking, alcohol consumption), the self-reported obesity (OR=1.14, 95% CI: 1.06-1.22) and self-reported underweight (OR=1.11, 95% CI: 1.03-1.20), compared to the self-reported healthy weight, were more likely to have depression-like symptoms. On the other hand, the BMI-based weight was not associated independently with depression-like symptoms. These findings suggest that weight perception is significantly associated with depression-like symptoms.

Keywords

Adolescent;Body Mass Index;Depression;Risk factor;Weight Perception

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