Early environmental influences on restrictive eating pathology among nonclinical females: The role of temperature at birth
Article first published online: 6 JUL 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 204–208, September 2001
How to Cite
Waller, G., Meyer, C. and van Hanswijck de Jonge, L. (2001), Early environmental influences on restrictive eating pathology among nonclinical females: The role of temperature at birth. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 30: 204–208. doi: 10.1002/eat.1073
- Issue published online: 6 JUL 2001
- Article first published online: 6 JUL 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 AUG 2000
- body dissatisfaction;
In eating-disordered populations, restrictive pathologies are associated with a higher rate of births in the spring and early summer. The reasons for this relationship are not understood. The present study of a nonclinical group aimed to determine whether there is a link between being born in warmer months and the level of restrictive pathology in later years.
The participants (N = 117) were all young adult females who were conceived and born in England. Each completed the relevant scales of the Eating Disorders Inventory and provided demographic information. Temperature at birth was determined using national meteorological records.
Restrictive attitudes were stronger among women born during the warmer part of the year (May–August), and those attitudes were dimensionally associated with temperature at birth. Body dissatisfaction showed some of the same relationships. Neither period of birth nor temperature at birth was related to bulimic attitudes or body mass index.
Being born during warmer months is significantly associated with restrictive eating attitudes among nonclinical females, although the link is relatively weak. Potential causal mechanisms are outlined, but further research is needed to explain this link in clinical and nonclinical groups. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30: 204–208, 2001.