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Weight loss behaviour and its perceived barriers: Findings from in-depth interviews with overweight adolescents

Sidek, Suriati and Danis, Ajau and Md. Yusof b, Safiah (2017) Weight loss behaviour and its perceived barriers: Findings from in-depth interviews with overweight adolescents. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 23 (Supplement). S81-S82. ISSN 1394-035X

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Unhealthy weight loss behaviors among adolescents such as maladaptive eating to be thin and practicing dietary restrain has become a significant public health concern. These harmful ways in losing weight may cause disturbance in adolescent’s physical growth, cognitive development and social well-being. Therefore, this qualitative study aimed to explore the weight loss behavior among 33 overweight adolescent males (N = 15) and females (N = 18). Based on a thematic analysis on data from in-depth interviews, the present study found that adolescents engaged in various types of weight loss behaviour and these include attempts at dieting, engaging in physical activity and consuming slimming products. Even though overweight adolescents believe that a combination of balanced diet and exercise are the pivotal keys to effective weight reduction and lead to a healthy lifestyle, they were more likely to involve in dieting compared to any other approaches, particularly engaging in skipping meals. However, their preferences of weight loss behaviour are influenced by sources of information obtained from the family members and the media, parents modelling in eating pattern, and are limited by some of the barriers that include laziness, desire for foods and inconvenience to exercise. Weight reduction intervention targeting overweight adolescents is therefore urgently required.

Item Type: Article (Meeting Abstract)
Additional Information: 7546/62248
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weight loss behaviour, perceived barriers, overweight adolescents
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Suriati Sidek
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 10:46
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 10:46
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/62248

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