Psychosocial predictors of eating disorder risk in overweight and obese treatment-seeking adolescents

Russo, Jade V., Brennan, Leah, Walkley, Jeff, Fraser, Steve F. and Greenway, Kate 2011, Psychosocial predictors of eating disorder risk in overweight and obese treatment-seeking adolescents, Behaviour change, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 111-117.

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Title Psychosocial predictors of eating disorder risk in overweight and obese treatment-seeking adolescents
Author(s) Russo, Jade V.
Brennan, Leah
Walkley, Jeff
Fraser, Steve F.
Greenway, Kate
Journal name Behaviour change
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 111
End page 117
Total pages 7
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0813-4839
Keyword(s) adolescent
drive for thinness
bulimia
body dissatisfaction
eating disorder
obesity
Summary This study explored eating disorder risk factors and possible psychosocial predictors of this risk in overweight and obese treatment-seeking adolescents. Prior to commencing treatment 108 overweight and obese adolescents aged 11 to 17 years (M = 14.31, SD = 1.57; 55% female) completed self-report measures of psychosocial factors. Females reported elevated levels of bulimic tendencies, body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness (p ≤ .001) and males reported elevated body dissatisfaction (p < .001). Age, sex and BMI-for-age z-score explained 15% (p < .001) of the variance in eating disorder risk and psychosocial predictors an additional 25%. Sex did not have a moderating effect on these relationships (p = .21). Among overweight and obese treatment-seeking adolescents, those experiencing lower self-esteem and elevated depression and anxiety symptomatology are at increased eating disorder risk. This highlights the need to consider psychosocial factors in preventing and treating overweight and obesity.
Language eng
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050898

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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