Too many adolescents experience body dissatisfaction, which is associated with destructive health behavior and reduced mental and physical health. Recent, it has been theorized that positive body image is associated with favorable health related behavior and psychological and physiological health. Due to lack of knowledge in terms of how to promote positive body image in adolescents, programs aiming to enhance body image are warranted.
The “Healthy Body Image” program (HBI): A school-based cluster-randomized controlled trial
The main aim of this study is to investigate if it's possible, through a school-based health
promotive intervention program, to promote positive body image and health related quality of life among boys and girls in 2nd grade high school.
High schools in Oslo and Akershus County were asked to participate in the study and consenting schools were randomized into either the intervention- or the control group. The intervention schools received interactive workshops presenting themes such as
body image, self-esteem, social media, physical activity, nutrition, and health
information. The themes were presented through discussions, individual and group work and through non-time consuming homework. Experts in the field of physical activity and health and nutrition conducted the workshops.
Project participants/partners (supervisor, co-supervisor, partners)
Professor Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen, PhD, Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
Professor Jan H. Rosenvinge, Ph.d., Department of psychology, UiT
Professor Oddgeir Friborg, Ph.d., Department of psychology, UiT
Professor Denise Wilfley, Ph.d., Department of Psychology, WUSM St. Louis, USA.
Associate professor Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, Ph.d., Institute of Sports and Outdoor life sciences, University College of Southeast Norway (main supervisor, USN)
Associated professor Elin Kolle, Ph.d., Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (co-supervisor, NIH)
Associate professor Gunn Pettersen, Ph.d., Department of Health and Caring Sciences, UiT – The arctic university of Norway (UiT)
Associate professor Monica Klungland Torstveit, Ph.d., Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition, University of Agder (UiA)
Kethe Engen, Msc. Ph.d. candidate, Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
Associated professor Runi Børresen, Ms, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Human Rights, Religion and Social Sciences University College of Southeast Norway (USN)
The Ph.d. candidate's salary is funded by The Norwegian Women's Public Health Association