To analyze body image in different periods of adolescence.
This cross-sectional study enrolled students aged ten to 19 years old of public
schools in small districts of Minas Gerais, Southeast Brazil. The Body Shape
Questionnaire (BSQ), the Body Dissatisfaction Assessment Scale for Teenagers and
the Silhouette Scale for Teenagers (SST) were used. Adolescence phases were
classified according to the subjects' ages. Weight and height were measured in
order to calculate the body mass index and the nutritional status. Results were
analyzed by logistic regression.
The study emolled 531 teenagers (318 females). The average age was 15.6±
.2 years and 84.6% were eutrophic. The prevalence of body dissatisfaction varied
from 28.9% (BSQ) to 78.9% (SST). Overweight adolescents presented greater
dissatisfaction (BSQ: OR 3.66, p<0.001; SST: OR 4.108,
p<0.001). Dissatisfaction also occurred for females and
those at the early adolescence (p<0.05).
A low prevalence of dissatisfaction with the body image was observed among
adolescents in small towns of Minas Gerais; however, most of them wished a
different silhouette than the current one. The results showed that younger
adolescents had higher dissatisfaction than their peers, as well as female and