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Obesity and Emotional Well-Being in Adolescents: Roles of Body Dissatisfaction, Loss of Control Eating, and Self-Rated Health

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Gall, K and van Zutven, K and Lindstrom, J and Bentley, C and Gratwick-Sarl, K and Harrison, C and Lewis, V and Mond, J, Obesity and Emotional Well-Being in Adolescents: Roles of Body Dissatisfaction, Loss of Control Eating, and Self-Rated Health, Obesity, 24, (4) pp. 837-842. ISSN 1930-7381 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 The Obesity Society

DOI: doi:10.1002/oby.21428

Abstract

Objective: Weak or inconsistent association between obesity and impairment in emotional well-being in population-based samples has led to efforts to identify mediating variables. This study examined the relative importance of body dissatisfaction (BD), loss of control (LOC) eating, and self-rated health (SRH) in mediating the association between obesity and impairment in emotional well-being in a school-based sample of adolescents (boys, n 5 437; girls, n 5 950).

Methods: Moderated mediation analysis was employed to assess the relative importance of the putative mediating variables and moderation of mediation effects by sex following the methods suggested by Hayes and coworkers.

Results: BD and SRH, but not LOC eating, were found to mediate the association between obesity and impairment in emotional well-being. Stronger mediation effects were observed for BD than for SRH. None of these results was moderated by sex.

Conclusions: The findings suggest that it may be important to target BD in obesity prevention and treatment programs in order to reduce the adverse impact of excess body weight on young people’s emotional well-being.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:111979
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-18
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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