Research indicates social support from peers beneficial efficacy in overweight teenagers


(Efficacy is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “power to produce effects or desired results ;. Efficiency ‘)

adolescents who are overweight, the perception of increased friendship and support from social peers results in increased activity measured in weight management camp for youth

The effect of social support :. Self-efficacy in overweight adolescents, studies recently submitted to obesity is the work of Jenna Bastian Ello, Matt Epkey, & Katy Mcmullin Occupational therapy graduate of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They visited Camp in the summer of 2010.

The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between the peer support and self-efficacy in overweight and obese adolescents. As participants reported the number of close friends and how social assistance increased, the reported amount of self-efficacy also increased. Over the course of four weeks, areas efficacy found increased were:

participation in the gym

confidence in physical abilities


capacity to create and / or maintain a peer relationship

Based on these results, and recognize that each participant in the camp is losing weight, it is reasonable to suggest that social support and self-efficacy are important Factors to be addressed to promote success in weight management and weight loss programs.

Increased knowledge of social support and self-efficacy can lead to extensive research into the nature of support, self-efficacy and obesity, as well as, the development of effective programs for preventing or alleviating childhood obesity. This study suggests that social support will better equip youth to control their weight.


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