Disordered eating behaviors up for overweight young adults

July 8, 2018

(HealthDay)—Young adults at a weight status classified as overweight or obese have increased prevalence of disordered eating behaviors (DEBs), according to a study published online June 11 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Jason M. Nagata, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues examined the prevalence of eating disorders and DEBs using cross-sectional data obtained from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health for young adults ages 18 to 24 years.

The researchers found that 48.6 percent of the 14,322 young adults in the sample were at a weight status classified as overweight/obese. Those at a weight status classified as overweight/obese reported a higher rate of DEBs than young adults at a weight status classified as underweight/normal weight (females: 29.3 versus 15.8 percent; males: 15.4 versus 7.5 percent). After adjustment for all covariates, the odds of engaging in DEBs were increased for females versus males (odds ratio, 2.32), Asian/Pacific Islanders versus whites (odds ratio, 1.66), homosexual or bisexual versus heterosexual (odds ratio, 1.62), high school or less versus more than (odds ratio, 1.26), and obesity versus normal weight (odds ratio, 2.45).

"The high prevalence of DEBs particularly in at a classified as overweight or obese underscores the need for screening, referrals, and tailored interventions for DEBs in this population," the authors write.

Explore further: Binging, purging and fasting more common in overweight, obese young adults

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

Related Stories

Binging, purging and fasting more common in overweight, obese young adults

June 12, 2018
Young adults who are overweight or obese are twice as likely as their leaner peers to binge and purge, use laxatives or diuretics, or force themselves to vomit as a means of controlling their weight, according to a new study ...

Most teens, young women satisfied with IUD insertion

May 21, 2018
(HealthDay)—Most adolescent and young adult women report high satisfaction with intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, according to a study published online May 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Binge eating linked to comorbidities in obese adults

March 25, 2015
(HealthDay)—For obese adults, binge eating disorder (BED) may be associated with specific medical comorbidities, according to a study published online March 16 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Central obesity ups mortality across BMI range

April 25, 2017
(HealthDay)—Central obesity is associated with increased risk of mortality even in normal-weight individuals, according to a study published online April 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Hyperhomocysteinemia linked to worse cognitive status

June 4, 2015
(HealthDay)—For older adults, hyperhomocysteinemia is associated with worse cognitive status, even after accounting for B group vitamin (BGV) status, according to a study published online June 1 in the Journal of the American ...

Intensive lifestyle interventions cut long-term disability in T2DM

March 26, 2018
(HealthDay)—For overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes, a long-term weight loss intervention is associated with a reduction in long-term disability, according to a study published online March 15 in Diabetes Care.

Recommended for you

Young children's oral bacteria may predict obesity

September 19, 2018
Weight gain trajectories in early childhood are related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting that this understudied aspect of a child's microbiota—the collection of microorganisms, including ...

Rethinking an inflammatory receptor's obesity connection

September 12, 2018
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is a protein that plays a vital role in the body's immune response by sensing the presence of infection. It has long been thought to also sense particular types of fats, which suggested a mechanism ...

Rising European life expectancy undermined by obesity: WHO

September 12, 2018
Life expectancy in Europe continues to increase but obesity and the growing proportion of people who are overweight risks reversing this trend, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.

Brief sleep intervention works long-term to prevent child obesity

September 6, 2018
When it comes to obesity prevention, sleep is not usually something that springs to mind, but a University of Otago research team has found we should not underestimate its importance.

Researchers develop more accurate measure of body fat

August 27, 2018
Cedars-Sinai investigators have developed a simpler and more accurate method of estimating body fat than the widely used body mass index, or BMI, with the goal of better understanding obesity.

Study suggests need to include overweight subjects in metabolic research

August 23, 2018
Children's Hospital Los Angeles investigators have demonstrated the need to include a growing constituency of obese and overweight children and adults in clinical research, with their study of a key marker for metabolism ...

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.