The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 104–108, March 2009
How to Cite
Darby, A., Hay, P., Mond, J., Quirk, F., Buttner, P. and Kennedy, L. (2009), The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 104–108. doi: 10.1002/eat.20601
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 AUG 2008
- eating disorders;
To measure the cooccurrence of obesity and eating disorder (ED) behaviors in the South Australian population and assess the change in level from 1995 to 2005.
Two independent cross-sectional single stage interview based population surveys were conducted a decade apart. Self-reported height, weight, ED behaviors, and sociodemographics were assessed. Changes between the two time points were analyzed.
From 1995 to 2005 the population prevalence of comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased from 1 to 3.5%. Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased more (prevalence odds ratio (POR) = 4.5; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 95% CI = [2.8, 7.4]; p < .001) than either obesity (POR = 1.6; 95% CI = [1.3, 2.0]; p < .001) or ED behaviors (POR = 3.1; 95% CI = [2.3, 4.1]; p < .001) alone.
Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors are an increasing problem in our society. Prevention and treatments efforts for obesity and EDs must consider and address this increasing comorbidity. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009