Adolescent weight status and self-reported school performance in South Korea.


Journal Article

Using a nationally representative sample of 142 783 middle school (13-15 years old) and high school (16-18 years old) students in South Korea, this study examined whether (1) overweight and obesity are more likely to be associated with lower self-reported school performance; (2) overweight and obese students are more likely to enrol in a vocational high school as opposed to a general high school; (3) the association between obesity and poorer self-reported school performance is mediated through body image stress and health status. We found that excess weight was negatively associated with self-reported school performance among middle and general high school students, and that obese students had a higher probability of being enrolled in a vocational over a general high school. We did not find strong evidence on the mediating role of body image stress and health status.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Do, YK; Finkelstein, EA

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2011 /

Start / End Page

  • 798409 -

PubMed ID

  • 22235368

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22235368

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2090-0716

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2090-0708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2011/798409


  • eng