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The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005

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Darby, A and Hay, P and Mond, JM and Quirk, F and Buttner, P and Kennedy, L, The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, (2) pp. 104-108. ISSN 0276-3478 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20601

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To measure the cooccurrence of obesity and eating disorder (ED) behaviors in the South Australian population and assess the change in level from 1995 to 2005.

METHOD: Two independent cross-sectional single stage interview based population surveys were conducted a decade apart. Self-reported height, weight, ED behaviors, and sociodemographics were assessed. Changes between the two time points were analyzed.

RESULTS: From 1995 to 2005 the population prevalence of comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased from 1 to 3.5%. Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased more (prevalence odds ratio (POR) = 4.5; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 95% CI = [2.8, 7.4]; p < .001) than either obesity (POR = 1.6; 95% CI = [1.3, 2.0]; p < .001) or ED behaviors (POR = 3.1; 95% CI = [2.3, 4.1]; p < .001) alone.

DISCUSSION: Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors are an increasing problem in our society. Prevention and treatments efforts for obesity and EDs must consider and address this increasing comorbidity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Obesity, Eating disorders, Prevalence
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:117950
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-24
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