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Children’s views about obesity, body size, shape and weight: a systematic review

Studies included in the review


1. Arshad S (2007) Ethnicity and attitudes to body shape. Unpublished doctoral thesis: University of Leeds, Leeds.

2. Burrows C, Eves F, Cooper D (1999) Children's perceptions of exercise – are children mini-adults? Health Education 2: 61–69.

3. Cole M, Smith A, Marchant R, Jones M (2005) The views of disabled children and children with complex health needs about being weighed and measured. Sussex: Triangle Services.

4. Currie C, Roberts C, Morgan A, Smith R, Settertobulte W, Samdal O, Barnekow-Rasmussen V (2004) Young people's health in context: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: international report from the 2001/2002 survey. Copenhagen: World Health Organization.

5. Currie C, Gabhainn S, Godeau E, Roberts C, Smith R, Currie D, Picket W, Richter M, Morgan A, Barnekow V (2008) Inequalities in young people's health: HBSC international report from the 2005/2006 survey. Copenhagen: World Health Organization.

6. Dixey R, Sahota P, Atwal S, Turner A (2001a) 'Ha ha, you're fat, we're strong': a qualitative study of boys' and girls' perceptions of fatness, thinness, social pressures and health using focus groups. Health Education 101: 206–216.

7. Edmunds L (2000) Primary prevention in children at risk of obesity as adults. Unpublished doctoral thesis: University of Exeter, Exeter.

8. Franklin J (2002) Inter-generational transmission of values regarding weight, shape and appearance. Unpublished doctoral thesis: University of Leeds, Leeds.

9. Girlguiding UK (2007) Self-esteem: girls shout out! London: GirlGuiding UK. (accessed 26 May 2009).

10. Grogan S, Richards H (2002) Body image: focus groups with boys and men. Men and Masculinities 4: 219–232.

11. Harris C (2002) Assessing children's body shape and weight concerns. Unpublished doctoral thesis: University of Leeds, Leeds.

12. Hoare P, Cosgrove L (1998) Eating habits, body-esteem and self-esteem in Scottish children and adolescents.Journal of Psychosomatic Research 45: 425–431.

13. Kurtz Z, Thornes R (2000) The health needs of school age children: the views of children, parents and teachers linked to local and national information. Unpublished:

14. Ludvigsen A, Sharma N (2004) Burger boy and sporty girl: children and young people's attitudes towards food in school. Barkingside: Barnardo's.

15. McKinley M, Lowis C, Robson P, Wallace J, Morrissey M, Moran A, Livingstone M (2005) It's good to talk: children's views on food and nutrition. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 59: 542–551.

16. Mulvihill C, Rivers K, Aggleton P (2000a) A qualitative study investigating the views of primary-age children and parents on physical activity. Health Education Journal 59: 166–179.

17. Murtagh J, Dixey R, Rudolf M (2006) A qualitative investigation into the levers and barriers to weight loss in children: opinions of obese children. Archives of Disease in Childhood 91: 920–923.

18. National Children's Bureau (NCB) (2005) A report for the Children's Commissioner's Office on NCB's consultations with primary school children on measuring children's height and weight in schools. London: Department of Health.

19. Parkinson K, Tovee M, Cohen-Tovee E (1998) Body shape perceptions of preadolescent and young adolescent children. European Eating Disorders Review 6: 126–135.

20. Penny H, Haddock G (2007) Children's stereotypes of overweight children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology 25: 409–418.

21. Phillips R, Hill A (1998) Fat, plain, but not friendless: self-esteem and peer acceptance of obese pre-adolescent girls. International Journal of Obesity 22: 287–293.

22. Pine K (2001) Children's perceptions of body shape: a thinness bias in preadolescent girls and associations with femininity. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 6: 519–536.

23. Robinson S (2000) Children's perceptions of eating and body image. Unpublished doctoral thesis: University of Southampton, Southampton.

24. Stewart K, Treasure E, Gill P, Chadwick B (2006) Understandings about food among 6-11 year olds in South Wales. Food, Culture and Society 9: 317–336.

25. Truby H, Paxton S (2008) The Children's Body Image Scale: reliability and use with international standards for Body Mass Index. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 47: 119–124.

26. Turnbull J, Heaslip S, McLeod H (2000) Pre-school children's attitudes to fat and normal male and female stimulus figures. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders 24: 1705–1706.

27. Walsh-Pierce J, Wardle J (1997) Cause and effect beliefs and self-esteem of overweight children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines 38: 645–650.

28. Waterston C (2001) Overweight-related victimisation in pre-adolescent boys and girls. Unpublished doctoral thesis: University of Leeds, Leeds.


This report should be cited as:

Rees R, Oliver K, Woodman J, Thomas J (2009) Children’s views about obesity, body size, shape and weight: a systematic review. London: EPPI Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.


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