Ethnic/racial differences in the self-reported physical and mental health correlates of adolescent obesity.
Whaley, Arthur L
Whaley, Arthur L and Smith, Michelle and Hancock, Anyaliese (2011) Ethnic/racial differences in the self-reported physical and mental health correlates of adolescent obesity. Journal of health psychology.
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Adolescent obesity has increased significantly during the past 20 years disproportionately affecting African-Americans. We tested the cultural hypothesis which suggests that the acceptance of a larger body size among African-Americans serves as a protective factor against negative physical and mental health consequences. Secondary analyses of data from a subsample of 5158 Black and White participants in the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey were conducted to assess the relationship between weight status and global self-reports of physical and psychological health. Planned comparisons revealed support of our hypotheses for some outcomes but not others. Implications for interventions targeting adolescent obesity are discussed.