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.

Explore further: Significant others can influence extreme dieting

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

Related Stories

Significant others can influence extreme dieting

July 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.

Conversations with teens about weight linked with increased risk of unhealthy eating behaviors

June 24, 2013
Conversations between parents and adolescents that focus on weight and size are associated with an increased risk for unhealthy adolescent weight-control behaviors, according to a study published Online First by JAMA Pediatrics.

Adolescents' dieting and disordered eating behaviors continue into young adulthood

June 24, 2011
Adolescents who diet and develop disordered eating behaviors (unhealthy and extreme weight control behaviors and binge eating) carry these unhealthy practices into young adulthood and beyond, according to a study conducted ...

'Drunkorexia' leads students to risky behaviour

August 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

March 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

Sugar not so sweet for mental health

July 27, 2017
Sugar may be bad not only for your teeth and your waistline, but also your mental health, claimed a study Thursday that was met with scepticism by other experts.

Could insufficient sleep be adding centimeters to your waistline?

July 27, 2017
Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, according to a new study.

Vitamin E-deficient embryos are cognitively impaired even after diet improves

July 27, 2017
Zebrafish deficient in vitamin E produce offspring beset by behavioral impairment and metabolic problems, new research at Oregon State University shows.

The role of dosage in assessing risk of hormone therapy for menopause

July 27, 2017
When it comes to assessing the risk of estrogen therapy for menopause, how the therapy is delivered—taking a pill versus wearing a patch on one's skin—doesn't affect risk or benefit, researchers at UCLA and elsewhere ...

Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

July 26, 2017
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn't, a new study found.

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

July 25, 2017
Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

0 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.