Diet encouragement linked to disordered eating in youth

August 6, 2013
Diet encouragement linked to disordered eating in youth
Encouragement to diet by a significant other is strongly linked to young adults' disordered eating behaviors, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

(HealthDay)—Encouragement to diet by a significant other is strongly linked to young adults' disordered eating behaviors, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Marla E. Eisenberg, Sc.D., M.P.H., from the University of Minneapolis, and colleagues used data from an online survey, collected from 2008 to 2009, to examine the role of perceived significant other's dieting or encouragement of dieting in ' disordered eating behaviors. A total of 1,294 young adults (mean age, 25.3 years; 55 percent female) with significant others were included.

The researchers found that perceived dieting and encouragement to diet were frequently observed. There was a positive correlation between disordered eating behaviors and significant others' dieting and encouragement to diet, especially for females. This correlation remained significant for encouragement to diet even in models including both perceived dieting and encouragement. If a significant other encouraged dieting very much versus not at all, women's was almost double (25.5 versus 13.6 percent; P = 0.015).

"There is a strong association between disordered eating behaviors and perceived modeling and encouragement to diet by significant others in ," the authors write.

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