Vol - 28, Issue - 01
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-15-12-2020-701
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Abstract : Adolescence is a special age with great physical changes; it is also an important period for body image and self-concept development. The association between obesity and psychological health among adolescents has been researched extensively, but the epidemiologic results are inconsistent. The aim of this study is to evaluate how the body image perception is contributing to depressive symptoms amongst Bahraini adolescents. A cross sectional study conducted among 460 adolescent aged 10-19 years attending four primary health care centers representing the four governorates of Bahrain during February and March 2019. Self-filled questionnaire was given to adolescents after identifying them in the reception. Demographic, body image and mental health data were included. A total of 460 adolescents participated in the study, of which 217 (47.2%) were males and 243 (52.7%) were females. Although most of the adolescents (47.8%) described their weight as “right” weight, but significantly higher proportion of females (45.7%) think that they are overweight in comparison to males (30%). Females reported feeling sad or depressed (37.4%) significantly more than males (23%). Reporting depression was much higher among overweight females (54.1%) in comparison to overweight males (23.1%) The results of this study indicated that depressive symptoms among Bahraini adolescents are associated with perceived body image in both genders, but it is significantly more among females.

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