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Comparing the health burden of eating-disordered behavior and overweight in women

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Mond, JM and Hay, PJ and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Comparing the health burden of eating-disordered behavior and overweight in women, Journal of women's health, 18, (7) pp. 1081-1089. ISSN 1540-9996 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1089/jwh.2008.1174

Abstract

Objective and methods: We compared the health burden of eating-disordered behavior with that of overweight in a community-based sample of women aged 1842 years residing in the Australian Capital Territory region of Australia. Participants (n 4643) completed self-report measures of eating disorder psychopathology, healthrelated quality of life and health service utilization. Body mass index (BMI) was derived from self-reported height and weight.

Results: Overweight was associated with marked impairment in physical health functioning and comparatively little impairment in psychosocial functioning, whereas eating-disordered behavior was associated with marked impairment in psychosocial functioning and comparatively little impairment in physical health functioning. Further, (1) impairment in psychosocial functioning associated with eating-disordered behavior was greater than impairment in physical health functioning associated with overweight, and (2) impairment in physical health functioning associated with eating-disordered behavior was greater than impairment in psychosocial functioning associated with overweight. Overweight and eating-disordered behavior were associated with similarly elevated rates of primary care consultations during the past 6 months and of lifetime treatment from a health professional for an eating or weight problem.

Conclusions: In young adult women, the health burden of eating-disordered behavior may be more substantial than previously recognized. Better information concerning the spectrum of disordered eating that exists at the population level needs to be made available. Eating-disordered behavior warrants greater attention when considering the public health burden of obesity and in developing programs to reduce this burden.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Health burden, Eating disordered behaviour
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117949
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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