This study describes body image and weight concern attitudes of pre-adolescent African-American (AA) girls and their parent/caregivers. Cross-sectional survey data were collected from 189 low-income 8- to 10-year-old AA girls and 179 parents/caregivers of AA girls from 2 urban areas, Memphis and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Results demonstrated that most AA girls were either happy with their weight, or did not think about it at all. However, 20% of girls would like to be larger than their current size, and 50% would like to be smaller. Girls in Minneapolis/St. Paul were more likely than Memphis girls to report weight dissatisfaction. One third of parents reported concerns that their daughters were too heavy. Seventy-two percent of parents reported that they were trying to lose weight. Discussions include possible regional differences in weight concern among AA girls, and implications for obesity prevention programs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Ethnicity and Disease|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2003|
- African American
- Body image