Psychosocial and behavioral correlates of dieting among overweight and non-overweight adolescents.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To examine correlates of dieting behavior in overweight and non-overweight youth. METHODS: Data came from Project EAT (Eating Among Teens), a study of eating and weight-related attitudes, behaviors, and psychosocial variables among 4746 adolescents in public schools. Logistic regression was used to compare dieters and non-dieters, and to examine interactions of dieting and overweight status. RESULTS: Approximately one third (31.8%) of the sample was overweight. Dieting in the previous year was reported by 55.2% of girls and 25.9% of boys. Dieting was associated with similarly elevated rates of extreme weight control behaviors, body dissatisfaction, and depression in both the non-overweight and overweight groups for both boys and girls. Girls reporting dieting behavior in both the non-overweight and overweight groups had similarly elevated risk for cigarette use, alcohol use, and marijuana use. CONCLUSIONS: The negative correlates of dieting are similarly common among teens of varying weight status. These data suggest that dieting may not be a preferred method of weight management, even for overweight adolescents. Regardless of weight status, dieting may be a marker for other unhealthy behaviors and depressed mood in adolescents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Crow, S; Eisenberg, ME; Story, M; Neumark-Sztainer, D

Published Date

  • May 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 569 - 574

PubMed ID

  • 16635769

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1972

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2005.05.019


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States