Weight status and psychosocial factors predict the emergence of dieting in preadolescent girls

Authors

  • Meghan M. Sinton MS,

    1. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
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  • Leann L. Birch PhD

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    1. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, S110 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802
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Abstract

Objective

The current study tested a longitudinal model predicting the emergence of dieting in girls (n = 183) at age 9 years using data from the same girls measured at ages 5 and 7.

Method

Variables related to the girls' weight status, psychological health, body satisfaction, maternal child feeding practices, and family environment are included in a hierarchical regression model predicting the emergence of dieting in girls. Interactions of girls' weight status with other variables in the model are also included in the last step.

Results

Results indicate that the model accounts for 45% of the variance in the outcome scores and that variables across constructs have significant contributions to the model. Results also show that girls' weight status, both independently and as an interaction term, accounts for a large proportion of variance in this model.

Conclusion

Weight status at age 5 years is a critical factor related to the emergence of dieting in young girls. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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