Association of biological, psychological and lifestyle risk factors for eating disturbances in adolescents

Teresa Gutiérrez, Paola Espinoza, Eva Penelo, Marisol Mora, Marcela L. González, Rocío Rosés, Rosa M. Raich

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2015. We aimed to assess the association of several risk factors for eating disturbances in adolescents. Participants were 448 girls and boys aged 12-15 years. Being female, higher body mass index, internalisation of standard of appearance, perfectionism, body dissatisfaction, number of lifetime addictive behaviours and lower self-esteem were associated with higher eating disturbance scores, whereas frequency of sedentary behaviours and physical activity were not (R2 ≥ 41%). Findings suggest the need to guide prevention efforts towards the broad spectrum of individual potentially modifiable factors. A non-specific comprehensive perspective may be adequate to prevent problems related to weight, body image and drug use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-849
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • disordered eating
  • drugs
  • lifestyle
  • personality

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