Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Sport Science


Health Promotion

Committee Chair

Barbara McClanahan

Committee Member

Michelle Stockton

Committee Member

Onyejebose Okwumabua


Fournier, Jennifer Hamilton. M. S. The University of Memphis. May 2010. Relationship between Body Esteem and Relative BMI in At Risk/Overweight 4-7 year olds. Dr. Barbara McClanahan: The purpose of this study was to examine how body esteem affects a child’s relative BMI. In a current childhood obesity prevention study, the Revised Body Esteem Scale (BES) data for 223 at risk for overweight/overweight children between the ages of 4-7 was analyzed. The scores range from 0-60, with higher scores being associated with higher body esteem. Additional covariates examined in relationship to the children’s BES included age, gender, race, parental BMI, marital status, and income. The majority of the study population was African American (79.8%) girls (63.2%). Body Esteem was determined to be the most influential variable on a child’s relative BMI (p < .001) followed closely by parental BMI. Age, race, and gender all were found significantly influential as well (p < .05). The findings from this study will add new insight into the relationship between body esteem, BMI, and the covariates in this special population.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.