Factors associated with improvements in readiness for change: Low vs. normal BMI eating disorders
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 40–46, January 2009
How to Cite
Geller, J., Cassin, S. E., Brown, K. E. and Srikameswaran, S. (2009), Factors associated with improvements in readiness for change: Low vs. normal BMI eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 40–46. doi: 10.1002/eat.20574
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 MAY 2008
- eating disorders;
- body mass index
To examine factors associated with improvements in readiness for change as a function of body mass index (BMI) in individuals assessed for eating disorders treatment.
Participants (n = 128) completed the Readiness and Motivation Interview (RMI) and measures of psychiatric and eating disorder symptoms, quality of life, and self-esteem at baseline and at 5-month follow-up.
Participants whose readiness for change showed improvements in psychiatric symptom severity, global self-esteem, and in the importance of friendships as a determinant of self-esteem. Only those with a normal baseline BMI (20 kg/m2 or greater) improved in eating disorder symptoms and quality of life, and reported increased importance of personal development and decreased importance of shape and weight as determinants of self-esteem.
Correlates of readiness differed between low and normal BMI participants, suggesting that weight status may be an important variable to consider in preparing highly ambivalent individuals for treatment. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009