Association between lifestyle-related, psychosocial factors and obesity among female adolescents in Taiwan

Pei Ching Liu*, Yu Cheng Lin, Bih Shya Gau, Heng Hsin Tung, Sophia H. Hu, Chi Wen Chen

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Purpose: To examine a wide range of potential contributors to the risk of obesity in female adolescents. Design and methods: Data for this study were collected using a cross-sectional design. A group of 175 female adolescents were recruited, and information on their demographic characteristics, lifestyle-related behaviors, and psychosocial factors was collected using a self-administered questionnaire during September 2018 to January 2019. Data were analyzed using SPSS 24.0. Results: An overestimation of body weight was negatively correlated with overweight in the female adolescents. Age at menarche was negatively correlated with the arisk of overweight. Adolescents who slept for >7 h on weekend nights were less likely to be overweight. Eating more cheese, fish, seafood, and organ meats was negatively correlated with obesity risk. The female adolescents were more likely to become overweight if they ate dinners prepared by family and experienced more disturbances from parents and other family members. Conclusions: Female adolescents are a unique population affected by obesity. Although incorporating both lifestyle-related behavioral and psychosocial factors in future investigations and developing multicomponent interventions for obesity prevention are crucial, female adolescents should receive the utmost attention from researchers to alleviate the health burden of obesity. Practice implications: The intertwined nature of obesity-related factors warrants future investigations to elaborate their roles interplaying with the risk of obesity. Multicomponent interventions should be developed, and nurses and health-care providers should target their efforts on obesity prevention for this specific population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e58-e68
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Female adolescents
  • Lifestyle-related behaviors
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Psychosocial stress
  • Weight overestimation


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