Satisfaction of Body Image in Adolescents With Different Maturity Stages


  • Renata Poliane Nacer de Carvalho Dantas Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Thaisys Blanc dos Santos Simões Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Petrus Gantois Dias Massa Santos Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Paulo Moreira Silva Dantas Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Breno Guilherme de Araújo Tinoco Cabral Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte



Skeletal age, Puberty, Growth, Body mass index


Introduction: Adolescence is a period marked by intense body modifications that occur differently according to the maturational stage and sex, which can generate different body image perceptions.

Objective: This study aims to compare and associate body image satisfaction in different maturational stages.

Methods: Overall, 207 adolescents of both sexes aged 10-12 years were evaluated. Maturation was estimated through an equation predictive of skeletal age and for the body image evaluation, the scale of silhouettes was used. The statistical tests used were chi-square and logistic regression (odds ratio) with respective confidence intervals (95% CI).

Results: There was a prevalence of body image dissatisfaction of 63.8% (p <0.001). In both sexes, subjects with accelerated maturation had greater body image dissatisfaction (girls p = 0.0, boys p = 0.04), and desire to reduce their silhouette scale (p <0.001). Subjects with accelerated maturation were 2.88 more likely (CI 95% 1.03 - 8.05) of having body image dissatisfaction when compared to normal maturation; however, when adjusting for body mass index, the association lost its significance.

Conclusion: It could be concluded that body dissatisfaction perceived by young individuals is independent of sex, and there is an association between accelerated maturational stage 2.88 times higher than in the normal maturational stage in relation to body dissatisfaction, in which the body mass index appears to be the main predictor for body dissatisfaction.

Biografia do Autor

Renata Poliane Nacer de Carvalho Dantas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Educação Física.

Thaisys Blanc dos Santos Simões, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Educação Física.

Petrus Gantois Dias Massa Santos, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Educação Física.

Paulo Moreira Silva Dantas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Educação Física.

Breno Guilherme de Araújo Tinoco Cabral, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Departamento de Educação Física.


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