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Promoting positive body image and tackling overweight/obesity in children and adolescents: A combined health psychology and public health approach

Bray, Isabelle; Slater, Amy; Lewis-Smith, Helena; Bird, Emma; Sabey, Abigail

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Issy Bray Issy.Bray@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Public Health (Epidemiology)

Amy Slater Amy.Slater@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

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Emma Bird Emma.Bird@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Abigail Sabey Abby.Sabey@uwe.ac.uk
CLAHRC West Senior Teaching Fellow



Abstract

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. This article draws attention to the dual global problems of disordered eating and overweight/obesity among children and adolescents. It is well recognised that the main risk factor for disordered eating is body dissatisfaction, yet public health messages to tackle overweight/obesity are likely to increase body dissatisfaction. This tension between key public health messages and a health psychology approach is examined, with the goal of seeking a common way forward. We focus on the UK as a case study, where there is currently no statutory education in schools on body image. Since more prescriptive guidance on the curriculum covering personal/social/health issues is soon to be introduced, it is timely to consider the content, and in particular its impact on body image as well as overweight/obesity. Having reviewed current interventions and policy, we argue for a more holistic approach to the obesity problem, using a whole school approach to create a body confident culture.

Citation

Bray, I., Slater, A., Lewis-Smith, H., Bird, E., & Sabey, A. (2018). Promoting positive body image and tackling overweight/obesity in children and adolescents: A combined health psychology and public health approach. Preventive Medicine, 116, 219-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.011

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 21, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 23, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 24, 2019
Journal Preventive Medicine
Print ISSN 0091-7435
Electronic ISSN 1096-0260
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 116
Pages 219-221
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.011
Keywords childhood obesity, disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, body image
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/856489
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.011
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.011.

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