Correlates of unhealthy weight-control behaviors among adolescents: implications for prevention programs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study aimed to identify correlates of unhealthy weight-control behaviors in adolescents to guide the development of programs aimed at the primary prevention of disordered eating. A model explaining unhealthy weight-control behaviors was tested among 4,746 adolescents using structural equation modeling. Models fit the data well and explained 76% of the variance in unhealthy weight-control behaviors among girls and 63% among boys. Weight-body concerns were a strong correlate of unhealthy weight-control behaviors in both girls and boys. Models also emphasized the importance of weight-specific social norms within the adolescent's proximal environment. Findings suggest the importance of addressing weight-body concerns within prevention programs and extending interventions beyond classroom settings to ensure changes in weight-related norms among peer groups and family members.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Neumark-Sztainer, D; Wall, MM; Story, M; Perry, CL

Published Date

  • January 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 88 - 98

PubMed ID

  • 12558206

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-6133

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0278-6133.22.1.88


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States