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Mental health impairment associated with eating-disorder features in a community sample of women


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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DOI: doi:10.3109/09638237.2011.577112


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eating disordered behaviour, Weight or shape concerns, Mental health, Impairment
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, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:123094
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-12-15
Last Modified:2018-01-02

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