Does warm weather climate affect eating disorder pathology?
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 240–244, September 2002
How to Cite
Sloan, D. M. (2002), Does warm weather climate affect eating disorder pathology?. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 32: 240–244. doi: 10.1002/eat.10077
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2002
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 APR 2002
- eating disorder pathology;
- body image;
- United States
The aim of this study was to examine whether residing in a year-round warm weather climate is related to eating disorder pathology.
College females from a southeastern and a northeastern region of the United States were compared on body mass index, the Bulimia Test-Revised, the Body Shape Questionnaire, and the Body Image Avoidance Questionnaire.
Females residing in the southeastern region were of significantly lower body weight, engaged in more frequent bulimic behaviors (e.g., bingeing and inappropriate compensatory behaviors), and displayed significantly greater concern regarding their body shape compared with the females residing in the northeastern region.
Findings obtained in this study indicate that residing in a warm weather climate may produce a heightened risk for development of eating disorder pathology. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 32: 240–244, 2002.