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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Objective and methods: We compared the health burden of eating-disordered behavior with that of overweight in a community-based sample of women aged 18–42 years residing in the Australian Capital Territory region of Australia. Participants (n ¼ 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 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 Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental Health|
|UTAS Author:||Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||31|
|Deposited By:||Centre for Rural Health|
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