Eating attitudes and weight concerns in female low birth weight adolescents
Article first published online: 23 APR 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 41, Issue 6, pages 573–575, September 2008
How to Cite
Blond, A. I., Feldman, J. F., Lorenz, J. M. and Whitaker, A. H. (2008), Eating attitudes and weight concerns in female low birth weight adolescents. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 41: 573–575. doi: 10.1002/eat.20543
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 FEB 2008
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: R01 MH57514-05
- March of Dimes (AHW). Grant Number: 12-FY03-46
- NOVO Nordisk
- The Augustinus Foundation
- The Knud Hojgaard Foundation
- The Oticon Foundation
- The Denmark-America Foundation (AIB)
- National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH, who provided the birth data used in this study). Grant Number: R01 NS20713
- low birth weight;
- eating attitudes;
- weight perception;
- weight dissatisfaction;
- EAT-26, eating disorder;
- risk factors;
- adolescent females
Studies of clinically referred patients have implicated low birth weight (LBW) as a possible risk factor for eating disorders. This study examines eating attitudes and weight concerns in nonreferred LBW female adolescents.
274 LBW girls (mean age 15.9) belonging to a prospective regional LBW birth cohort completed the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and items from the Eating Symptoms Inventory on weight perception and weight dissatisfaction.
Only 2.3% scored above threshold for eating disorder risk on the EAT-26. A total of 25% perceived themselves as overweight and 18.7% perceived themselves as underweight, while 63.4% desired to lose and 17.7% desired to gain weight. Girls who perceived themselves as overweight or desired to lose weight had higher mean EAT scores than those who did not.
Nonreferred adolescent girls born at LBW are not, as a whole, at risk for abnormal eating attitudes and negative perceptions of their weight. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008