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

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posted on 01.01.2011, 00:00 authored by J Russo, L Brennan, J Walkley, Steve FraserSteve Fraser, K Greenway
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.

History

Journal

Behaviour change

Volume

28

Issue

3

Pagination

111 - 117

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, England

ISSN

0813-4839

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal