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Mental health impairment associated with eating-disorder features in a community sample of women

Mond, Jonathan; Hay, Phillipa J.; Owen, Cathy; Rodgers, Bryan

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Background and Aims:Impairment in mental health associated with eating-disorder features was examined in a large, general population sample of women aged 18 to 42 years. Method:Participants (n=5255) completed self-report measures of eating-disordered behaviour, mental health functioning, height and weight and socio-demographic information. Results:The most common eating-disorder features were extreme concerns about weight or shape (14.6%), subjective overeating (12.7%), objective overeating...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMond, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorHay, Phillipa J.
dc.contributor.authorOwen, Cathy
dc.contributor.authorRodgers, Bryan
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:24:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0963-8237
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/21032
dc.description.abstractBackground and Aims:Impairment in mental health associated with eating-disorder features was examined in a large, general population sample of women aged 18 to 42 years. Method:Participants (n=5255) completed self-report measures of eating-disordered behaviour, mental health functioning, height and weight and socio-demographic information. Results:The most common eating-disorder features were extreme concerns about weight or shape (14.6%), subjective overeating (12.7%), objective overeating (10.6%) and extreme concerns about dietary intake (10.4%). In multivariable analysis, in which mental health functioning was regressed on eating-disorder features, while also controlling for age and body weight, objective overeating (β=-0.07), subjective overeating (β=-0.07), extreme dietary restriction (β=-0.06) and extreme concerns about eating (β=-0.04) showed small, but statistically significant associations with mental health impairment, whereas extreme weight or shape concerns showed a very strong association (β=-0.24). Conclusions:From a clinical perspective, the findings are consistent with the importance attached to the "over-evaluation" of weight or shape as a core component of eating-disorder psychopathology. From a public health perspective, the findings indicate the need to conceive of body dissatisfaction as a target for health promotion in its own right.
dc.publisherInforma Healthcare
dc.sourceJournal of Mental Health
dc.subjectKeywords: diuretic agent; laxative; adult; body height; body mass; body weight; diet restriction; dietary intake; disease association; drug misuse; eating disorder; exercise; female; human; mental disease; mental function; mental health; overnutrition; quality of l Eating-disordered behaviour; impairment; mental health; weight or shape concerns
dc.titleMental health impairment associated with eating-disorder features in a community sample of women
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume20
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor111714 - Mental Health
local.identifier.absfor170199 - Psychology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor111199 - Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4055428xPUB15
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMond, Jonathan, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHay, Phillipa J., University of Western Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationRodgers, Bryan, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationOwen, Cathy, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage456
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage466
local.identifier.doi10.3109/09638237.2011.577117
local.identifier.absseo920410 - Mental Health
local.identifier.absseo920411 - Nutrition
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:32:53Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-80053256453
local.identifier.thomsonID000295479600004
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