The impact of recalled elementary school height and weight on later weight concerns

  • J. C. Hauser
  • K. M. Young
  • J. M. Neufeld
  • D. R. Musher-Eizenman
Brief Report


Although overweight children and adolescents experience a number of immediate difficulties, little research has investigated the long-term psychological consequences for individuals who were overweight as children or adolescents despite their weight status as young adults. The goal of this study was to examine the relations between individuals’ retrospective reports of their weight and height during elementary and high school, and their past and current weight concerns. It was expected that individuals who recall being overweight as a child or adolescent would have more weight concerns than their peers who recall being normal weight, even after controlling for current body size. Participants were 174 females and 61 males, ranging in age from 18–20 (M=18.66 yr, SD=0.63). For females, perceived elementary school weight in comparison to their peers significantly predicted current weight concerns, p<0.05. For males, perceived elementary school height in comparison to their peers significantly predicted a history of weight concerns, p<0.05. Retrospective height and weight in high school did not impact current weight concerns for either males or females.

Key words

Childhood weight childhood height recollections adult weight concerns body image 


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© Editrice Kurtis 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Hauser
    • 1
  • K. M. Young
    • 1
  • J. M. Neufeld
    • 1
  • D. R. Musher-Eizenman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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