Individuals that were higher on weight suppression (WS) and weight elevation (WE), were most likely to engage in current weight loss attempts, dieting in the past 5 years, and extreme lifetime restriction, according to a recent study that examined weight and its associations with eating psychopathology in women aged ≥50 years. Participants were a community‐based sample (n=1,776, Mage = 59) who completed demographic and eating psychopathology questions via online survey. WS, WE, and WS × WE were tested as predictors of outcome variables; body mass index (BMI) and medical conditions that affect weight were controlled for. Researchers found:
- Individuals that were higher on WS and WE were most likely to engage in current weight loss attempts, dieting in the past 5 years, and extreme lifetime restriction.
- Individuals with higher WS were more likely to experience binge eating, greater frequency of weight checking, overvaluation of shape and weight, and lifetime fasting.
- Individuals with higher WE were more likely to report negative life impacts of eating and dieting.
- Higher WS and WE each predicted higher levels of skipping meals over the lifetime.
Goodman EL, Baker JH, Peat CM, Yilmaz Z, Bulik CM, Watson HJ. Weight suppression and weight elevation are associated with eating disorder symptomatology in women age 50 and older: Results of the gender and body image study. [Published online ahead of print April 25, 2018]. Int J Eat Disord. doi:10.1002/eat.22869.
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