A longitudinal investigation of overweight children's body perception and satisfaction during a weight management program

Jacklin N. O'Connor, Rebecca K. Golley, Rebecca A. Perry, Anthea M. Magarey, Helen Truby

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Background: The Children's Body Image Scale (CBIS) is a measure of body perception and satisfaction. Obesity has a negative impact on children's body satisfaction. This study aimed to (1) determine the construct validity of the CBIS in a purely overweight/obese sample, and (2) explore longitudinal changes in body perception and satisfaction in overweight/obese children participating in a six month weight management program delivered to parents. Data were self-reported by overweight/obese 5 to 9 year old children (n = 127) over a 36 month period. Findings: The CBIS demonstrated good construct validity (Rho: range 0.38 to 0.71, p < 0.05). Accuracy in body size perception did not alter significantly over time (Rho: range 0.45 to 0.59, p < 0.001). No consistent differences in body satisfaction by age or sex were observed. Body satisfaction improved after the six month weight management intervention (mean difference = 0.74, 95% CI 0.15-1.26) which was maintained at 36 month follow up. Conclusion: The CBIS is a useful measure to monitor overweight/obese children's body satisfaction. In this cohort, it is suggestive that the child weight management program delivered to parents did not impact negatively on children's body satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Body perception
  • Body satisfaction
  • Child
  • Obesity
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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