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Eating behaviour, body image, and self-esteem of adolescent girls in Malaysia


Soo, Kah Leng and Mohd Shariff, Zalilah and Mohd Taib, Mohd Nasir and Abu Samah, Bahaman (2008) Eating behaviour, body image, and self-esteem of adolescent girls in Malaysia. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 106 (3). pp. 833-844. ISSN 0031-5125; ESSN: 1558-688X


This cross-sectional study was undertaken with 489 secondary school girls, ages 15–17 years, to examine disordered eating behaviours of adolescent girls in Malaysia and to estimate associations with body weight, body-size discrepancy, and self-esteem. Dietary restraint, binge eating, body image, and self-esteem were assessed using the Restrained Eating scale of the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire, the Binge Scale Questionnaire, the Contour Drawing Rating Scale, and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, respectively. Pearson correlations estimated associations between variables. There were 3.1% underweight, 9.8% at risk of being overweight, and 8.6% overweight girls. A total of 87.3% were dissatisfied with their own body size. Dietary restraint and binge eating were reported by 36.0% and 35.4%, respectively. Body Mass Index (r = .34, p < .01) and body-size dissatisfaction (r = .24, p < .01) were significantly associated with dietary restraint and binge eating, but self-esteem (r = −.20, p < .001) was significantly associated only with binge eating.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.2466/pms.106.3.833-844
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Keywords: Eating behaviour; Body image; Self-esteem; Adolescent girls
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 08:55
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 08:55
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/14180
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