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Psychosocial Implications of Childhood Obesity

Psychosocial Implications of Childhood Obesity


Laura Mihaela TRANDAFIR, Dana Teodora ANTON-PADURARU, Ingrith MIRON, Lucian Laurentiu INDREI

Cod: ISSN: 1583-3410 (print), ISSN: 1584-5397 (electronic)
Dimensiuni: pp. 205-215

How to cite this article:

Trandafir, L.M., Anton-Paduraru, D.T., Miron, I., Indrei, L.L. (2015). Psychosocial Implications of Childhood Obesity. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, 49, 205-215.


Obesity is currently a significant public health problem, as we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of obese and overweight children worldwide. Childhood obesity is more than a physical problem. The psychosocial consequences of overweight and obesity are less clear than physiological consequences. In this review paper we aim to describe the main psychosocial dimensions of childhood obesity: stigmatization, altered cognitive performance, low self-esteem and respect for one’s body, emotional disorders. Stigmatization, victimization and teasing are related to social non-acceptance and discrimination of overweight children and adolescents. The quality of life of obese children is lower due to their poorer physical and mental health, or to their deficient social functioning and poorer school performance.


emotional disorders, obesity, psychosocial, stigmatization, children.

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