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Mental health impairment in underweight women: do body dissatisfaction and eating-disordered behavior play a role?

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


Background: We sought to evaluate the hypothesis that mental health impairment in underweight women, where this occurs, is due to an association between low body weight and elevated levels of body dissatisfaction and/or eating-disordered behaviour. Methods. Subgroups of underweight and normal-weight women recruited from a large, general population sample were compared on measures of body dissatisfaction, eating-disordered behaviour and mental health. Results: Underweight women had significantly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Public Health
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-547
Access Rights: Open Access


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