Table 3.

Change in Global Self-Esteem Between 9 to 10 Years of Age and 13 to 14 Years of Age in Obese and Nonobese Children, NLSY 1990–1992

Change in Global Self-Esteem (9 to 10 and 13 to 14 Years of Age)
NonobeseObeseDifferenceAdjusted Difference*
Males
 Black1.0  ± 4.0 (n = 145).6  ± 3.6 (n = 30)−.4 (−1.8 to 1.2)−.8 (−2.0 to .4)
 Hispanic.9  ± 4.4 (n = 99)1.3  ± 4.5 (n = 19).4 (−1.8 to 2.5)−.1 (−1.8 to 1.5)
 White.9  ± 3.4 (n = 181).0  ± 3.2 (n = 28)−.9 (−2.3 to .4)−.9 (−1.8 to 0.1)
Females
 Black1.5  ± 4.0 (n = 135).8  ± 4.8 (n = 48)−.6 (−20 to 8)−.8 (−1.8 to .3)
 Hispanic.1  ± 4.2 (n = 91)−2.1  ± 5.2 (n = 16)−2.2 (−4.6 to .2) −2.1 (−4.1 to −1)§
 White.0  ± 4.1 (n = 189)−1.9  ± 5.0 (n = 32)−1.9 (−3.5 to −.3)§ −2.1 (−3.4 to −.8)
  • No significant differences in changes of scholastic self-esteem were observed in obese and nonobese children.

  • * Change in global self-esteem adjusted for 1992 global self-esteem. These results account for the effects of differences in initial self-esteem among nonobese and obese children.

  • As a group, obese males demonstrated decreased levels of self-esteem over the 4-year period: −.8 (−.2 to −1.3).

  • P = .07.

  • § P < .05.

  • P < .01.