MIHAELA CRISTINA SIMBRAC, SALOMEIA PUTNOKY, CORNELUTA FIRA MLADINESCU, RADU BAGIU, IOANA TUTA SAS, CODRUTA BACEAN MILOICOV, ANA MARIA BRANCOVEANU, OANA SUCIU, ROXANA FOLESCU, ROXANA BUZATU, BRIGHITHA VLAICU BODY MASS INDEX, SELF WEIGHT PERCEPTION AND THE INTENTION OF CHANGING THE WEIGHT IN TEENS OF 11-18 YEARS The research intends to investigate the body mass index, the self-weight perception and the intention of changing the weight in teenagers, from Timisoara, Romania. The data sample was made of 243 students of 11-18 years old: 37.9% in middle school and 62.1% in high school; 56.4% girls and 43.6% boys. The manner of work was a cross-sectional study, study case type. The results show that in middle/high school there are: underweight 39.8%/22.9%, normal weight 51.1% and overweight and obese, 9.1%/8.3, with a significant difference between the 2 age groups, the difference being very small. 62.2% of middle school students and 51.7% of the ones in high school appreciate their own weight as having the normal value. 24.4% of the middle school students and 32.4% of high school students consider that that they have a weight over the normal value, and at 15-18 years old, girls perceive weight as being significantly higher than boys. The students want to lose weight, 42.7% of middle school students and 42.8% of high school students. At 11-14 years old, boys want to gain weight more frequently than girls.
Keywords: teenagers, body mass index, self-weight perception