Predictors of the Intention to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in Youth

Nicole P. M. Ezendam*, Anke Oenema, Johannes Brug

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Objectives: To examine psychosocial factors, BMI, perceived weight, and demographics as correlates of adolescents' intentions to prevent excessive weight gain. Methods: Students (12-13 years) completed questionnaires at baseline and 4-month follow-up. Regression analyses were performed (n=345). Results: Sixty percent showed a positive intention towards the prevention of excessive weight gain. A positive change in attitude and perceived internal control and higher perceived weight were related to a positive change in intention. Conclusion: A small majority of adolescents had a positive intention to prevent gaining excessive weight. A positive attitude and higher perceived internal control were related to a positive intention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-482
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • adolescent
  • overweight
  • prevention
  • psychosocial factors
  • weight management


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