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Disordered eating behaviours and cognitions in young women with obesity: relationship with psychological status


Darby, A and Hay, P and Mond, J and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Disordered eating behaviours and cognitions in young women with obesity: relationship with psychological status, International Journal of Obesity: and Related Metabolic Disorders, 31 pp. 876-882. ISSN 0307-0565 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0803501


Objective: To examine levels of eating disorder behaviours and cognitions of young women with obesity in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia and assess the impact upon psychological status. Design: General population cross-sectional survey.

Subjects: A total of 4891 young women from the community aged 18–42 years, of which 630 were in the obese weight range.

Measurements: Body mass index (BMI), eating disorder psychopathology (eating disorder examination questionnaire), and psychological distress (K-10).

Results: Women with obesity had significantly higher levels of dietary restraint, eating concern, weight concern, shape concern, binge eating, misuse of diuretics, use of diet pills and fasting compared to other women in the community. These eating disorder cognitions and behaviours were associated with increased levels of psychological distress. In women with obesity, eating concern, weight concern, shape concern, dietary restraint and decreased age predicted psychological distress in a multivariate model. Among other women in the community, behaviours such as laxative misuse, ‘hard’ exercise and subjective bulimic episodes also contributed to the model predicting psychological distress.

Conclusion: As disordered eating psychopathology is high in young obese women and negatively impacts upon psychological status, obesity prevention and treatment should consider eating disorder psychopathology and mental health outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Female, weight disorder, 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, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117960
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:81
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-28

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