Diet encouragement linked to disordered eating in youth

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.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Significant others can influence extreme dieting

date Jul 25, 2013

Women who are frequently encouraged by their significant others to lose weight are more likely to resort to unhealthy measures to do so, according to new research in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

'Drunkorexia' leads students to risky behaviour

date Aug 13, 2012

New research by Simon Fraser University grad student Daniella Sieukaran is the first to study the long-term relationship between dieting and heavy drinking among young adults.

Unhealthy eating can make a bad mood worse

date Mar 15, 2013

(Medical Xpress)—Taking part in unhealthy eating behaviors may cause women who are concerned about their diet and self-image to experience a worsening of their moods, according to Penn State researchers.

Recommended for you

Soldiers cite 'Medic!' as a top hearing priority

date 6 hours ago

'Medic!', 'Hold fire!' and grid references are amongst the highest priorities for soldiers to be able to hear while on duty, according to new research from the University of Southampton.

New measures identified for newborn care in Uganda

date 7 hours ago

In Uganda, child mortality rates are improving, but progress is slower for deaths occurring in the first four weeks of life, or the newborn period, and for stillbirths. But recent evidence from local researchers ...

Should men cut back on their soy intake?

date 9 hours ago

Recently, a friend called my husband to inquire about the risks for men in consuming too much soy milk. He had read an article that described how one individual's plight led him down the path of breast enlargement, and was ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.