Journal article

The relative importance of dissatisfaction, overvaluation and preoccupation with weight and shape for predicting onset of disordered eating behaviors and depressive symptoms over 15 years

Helen Sharpe, Scott Griffiths, Tse-Hwei Choo, Marla E Eisenberg, Deborah Mitchison, Melanie Wall, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the relative importance of dissatisfaction, overvaluation, and preoccupation with body weight and shape in predicting increases in disordered eating behaviors and depressive symptoms from adolescence through to early adulthood. METHOD: The study involved 1,830 participants (60% female) who completed the Project EAT survey during adolescence (mean age = 14.90 years, SD = 1.65 years) and again, 15 years later, in early adulthood. Participants provided assessments of dissatisfaction, overvaluation and preoccupation with weight and shape, as well as disordered eating and depressive symptoms at both time points. RESULTS: The three aspects of body im..

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