Paper about Weight Status and Mental Well-Being Among Adolescents

A new paper describing the role of self-perceived body weight in the relationship between weight status and mental well-being in school-aged children of 47 countries has been publised. The paper results from the secondment of Martina Galler, ESR1, at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in the EU project CO-CREATE.  The study shows that perceiving one’s body weight as “too thin” or “too fat” is associated with poorer mental well being, regardless of weight status. The authors point out the importance of these results when developing policy aimed a regulating external pressures related to body weight in adolescents.  They further suggest  that focusing of the body functionality instead of size and shape may improve the mental well being of young people.


Fismen, A.-S., Galler, M., Klepp, K.-I., Chatelan, A., Residori, C., Ojala, K.,  Helleve, A. (2022). Weight Status and Mental Well-Being Among Adolescents: The Mediating Role of Self-Perceived Body Weight. A Cross-National Survey. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi:

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