International Medical Journal, Vol. 18., Iss. 2, 2012, P. 20−24.
PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF NUTRITIONAL BEHAVIOR DISORDERS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF SCHOOLCHILDREN RESIDING IN KHARKIV REGION
Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
With the purpose to reveal the prevalence of independent social psychological predictors of forming excessive body weight in teen−agers from Kharkiv region and their role in development of obesity, 732 schoolchildren were investigated using Beck−Youth questionnaire; additional questioning of the parents and children using the original program was performed. It was established that increased body mass in children of Kharkiv region results in formation of psychological deadaptation with its main features of decreased self−esteem, increased anxiety level and depression, significantly correlating with the duration of sedentary extra−school activity, irregular meals, neglected breakfasts and, in less degree, lunches at addiction to sweets.
Key words: teen−agers, nutritional behavior, psychological deadaptation, life style.