Mond, JM and Hay, PJ and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Mental health impairment associated with eating-disorder features in a community sample of women, Journal of Mental Health, 20, (5) pp. 456-466. ISSN 0963-8237 (2011) [Refereed Article]
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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Impairment in mental health associated with eating-disorder features was examined in a large, general population sample of women aged 18 to 42 years.
METHOD: Participants (n = 5255) completed self-report measures of eating-disordered behaviour, mental health functioning, height and weight and socio-demographic information.
RESULTS: The most common eating-disorder features were extreme concerns about weight or shape (14.6%), subjective overeating (12.7%), objective overeating (10.6%) and extreme concerns about dietary intake (10.4%). In multivariable analysis, in which mental health functioning was regressed on eating-disorder features, while also controlling for age and body weight, objective overeating (β = -0.07), subjective overeating (β = -0.07), extreme dietary restriction (β = -0.06) and extreme concerns about eating (β = -0.04) showed small, but statistically significant associations with mental health impairment, whereas extreme weight or shape concerns showed a very strong association (β = -0.24).
CONCLUSIONS: From a clinical perspective, the findings are consistent with the importance attached to the "over-evaluation" of weight or shape as a core component of eating-disorder psychopathology. From a public health perspective, the findings indicate the need to conceive of body dissatisfaction as a target for health promotion in its own right.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Eating disordered behaviour, Weight or shape concerns, Mental health, Impairment|
|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:||19|
|Deposited By:||Centre for Rural Health|
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