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Quality of life impairment and the attitudinal and behavioral features of eating disorders


Latner, JD and Mond, JM and Vallance, JK and Gleaves, DH and Buckett, G, Quality of life impairment and the attitudinal and behavioral features of eating disorders, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201, (7) pp. 592-597. ISSN 0022-3018 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182982bbe


We examined the relative contribution of different forms of eating disorder (ED) pathology to impairment in mental and physical health-related quality of life (QOL) in women with a wide range of ED symptoms. Female participants from an outpatient ED clinic (n = 53) and the local community (n = 214) completed measures of ED features and mental and physical health-related QOL. Across the sample, ED features were significantly associated with most mental and physical domains of QOL. In multiple regression analyses controlling for age and body mass index, ED features significantly predicted impairment in mental and physical QOL. Extreme shape and weight concern significantly and independently predicted most QOL subscales (β range = 0.19-0.44). The prominent contribution of shape and weight concern to both mental and physical QOL impairment underlines the importance of addressing body dissatisfaction in the treatment and prevention of EDs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eating disorders, Quality of life, Weight concern, shape concern, body image
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117810
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-27
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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