Longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing during adolescence

Jess Haines, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Peter J. Hannan, Patricia Van Den Berg, Marla E. Eisenberg

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Objective: To examine 5-year longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing among adolescents. Methods and Procedures: Project EAT-II (Eating Among Teens-II) followed 2,516 adolescents (females = 1,386, 55.1%) prospectively from 1999 to 2004. EAT-II included two cohorts allowing the observation of longitudinal changes in reported weight-related teasing as participants transitioned from early to mid-adolescence (middle school to high school) and from mid- to late-adolescence (high school to post-high school). EAT-II also allowed the examination of secular trends in reported teasing among middle adolescents in 1999 and 2004. Results: In 1999, approximately one-quarter of adolescents in the total sample (including both overweight and nonoverweight youth) reported being teased about their weight in early adolescence and mid-adolescence. Prevalence rates of teasing were higher among overweight youth (early adolescence: females 42.4%, males 44.6%; mid-adolescence: females 31.2%, males 40.8%). Longitudinal trends suggest that weight-related teasing decreased among overweight males and females in the younger cohort as they transitioned from early adolescence to mid-adolescence. In the older cohort of youth, teasing decreased in the total sample of females as they transitioned from mid-adolescence to older adolescence. Analyses of age-matched secular trends among middle adolescents showed that the prevalence of weight-related teasing remained stable among most adolescent subgroups and declined among overweight males between 1999 and 2004. Discussion: Weight-related teasing is prevalent through the various stages of adolescence. Our findings point to a need for ongoing interventions, throughout adolescence, which focus on reducing weight-related teasing and improving social supports for affected youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalObesity
Volume16
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
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StatePublished - Nov 2008
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  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Haines, J., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Hannan, P. J., Van Den Berg, P., & Eisenberg, M. E. (2008). Longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing during adolescence. Obesity, 16(SUPPL. 2). https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.447

Longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing during adolescence. / Haines, Jess; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne; Hannan, Peter J.; Van Den Berg, Patricia; Eisenberg, Marla E.

In: Obesity, Vol. 16, No. SUPPL. 2, 11.2008.

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Haines, J, Neumark-Sztainer, D, Hannan, PJ, Van Den Berg, P & Eisenberg, ME 2008, 'Longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing during adolescence', Obesity, vol. 16, no. SUPPL. 2. https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.447
Haines J, Neumark-Sztainer D, Hannan PJ, Van Den Berg P, Eisenberg ME. Longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing during adolescence. Obesity. 2008 Nov;16(SUPPL. 2). https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.447
Haines, Jess ; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne ; Hannan, Peter J. ; Van Den Berg, Patricia ; Eisenberg, Marla E. / Longitudinal and secular trends in weight-related teasing during adolescence. In: Obesity. 2008 ; Vol. 16, No. SUPPL. 2.
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