Table 4.

Effects of Decreased Self-Esteem in Obese and Nonobese Children, NLSY 1990–1992 to 1994–1996

Self-Esteem No Change or Increased (%)Self-Esteem Decreased (%)
Normal weight children (n = 821)
 Frequently feeling
  Lonely1117 P < .001
  Sad48 P < .001
  Tired2024 P = .3
  Nervous712 P < .05
  Bored3642 P = .1
 Have you smoked?2942 P < .001
 Have you ever drank alcohol?2634 P < .05
Obese children (n = 169)
 Frequently feeling
  Lonely1318 P < .05
  Sad619 P < .001
  Tired2727 P = .8
  Nervous721 P < .01
  Bored3448 P = .2
 Have you smoked?3148 P < .05
 Have you ever drank alcohol?1936 P < .01