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Is there a role for primary care physicians' screening of excessive weight and eating concerns in adolescence?

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Published in Journal of Pediatrics. 2010, vol. 157, no. 1, p. 32-35
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To determine the extent to which adolescents with excessive weight concerns and eating concerns are in contact with primary care physicians and could thus be identified in primary care. STUDY DESIGN: A representative sample of 7548 (16 to 20 years old) students completed a self-administered questionnaire on health-related topics (2002 Swiss Multicenter Adolescent Health Survey). Adolescents with excessive weight and eating concerns were compared with control subjects for frequency of somatic complaints and primary care visits in the past year. Analyses were stratified by sex. Logistic regression was used to adjust for confounders. RESULTS: Excessive weight and eating concerns were frequent in adolescents, particularly in girls (girls, 13.9%; boys, 1.6%). Adolescents with these concerns reported more frequent somatic complaints compared with their peers. Nearly 80% of them were in contact with a primary care physician at least once a year. CONCLUSION: Primary care physicians are in contact with adolescents who have excessive weight and eating concerns. Identification of these concerns should be encouraged for appropriate management.
Keywords Adolescent*Attitude to HealthBody Mass Index*Body Weight*EatingFamily Practice/*standardsFemaleHumansLogistic ModelsMale*Physician's RolePrimary Health Care/*standardsQuestionnairesRisk FactorsSelf ConceptSex FactorsStudents/*psychologySwitzerlandYoung Adult
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PMID: 20304422
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Research groups Médecine interne générale et pédiatrie ambulatoires (968)
Gastroentérologie et transplantation (pédiatrie) (181)
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CHAMAY-WEBER, Catherine, HALLER, Dagmar M., NARRING, Françoise. Is there a role for primary care physicians' screening of excessive weight and eating concerns in adolescence?. In: Journal of Pediatrics, 2010, vol. 157, n° 1, p. 32-35. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20838

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