Journal article

Boys, Bulk, and Body Ideals: Sex Differences in Weight-Gain Attempts Among Adolescents in the United States

Jason M Nagata, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Andrea K Garber, Scott Griffiths, Eric Vittinghoff, Stuart B Murray

JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of weight-gain attempts in adolescent boys in the United States. METHODS: Participants were 15,624 high school students from the nationally representative 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. RESULTS: Overall, 29.6% of adolescent boys reported attempts to gain weight, including 39.6% of boys who were normal weight, 12.8% who were overweight, and 10.6% who were obese by body mass index (BMI). In contrast, only 6.5% of adolescent girls reported attempts to gain weight. Although only 3.3% of adolescent males are underweight by BMI, 19.3% perceive themselves to be underweight. Further, over half of adolescent males who are overweight by BMI perceive themselves ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

J.M.N. is a fellow in the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (K12HD00085033), funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Society, and was supported by the Norman Schlossberger Research Fund from the University of California, San Francisco. A.K.G. was supported by NIH under grant 5R01HD082166-02. S.G. was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (grant number: 1121538). S.B.M was supported by NIH under grant K23MH115184.