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Compulsive buying: Relationship with body mass index†
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages E86–E87, January 2013
How to Cite
Sansone, R. A., Chang, J., Jewell, B. and Marion, B. E. (2013), Compulsive buying: Relationship with body mass index. Obesity, 21: E86–E87. doi: 10.1002/oby.20076
- Issue published online: 12 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 18 OCT 2012 12:59PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 3 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 8 FEB 2012
Compulsive buying has historically been associated with various self-regulatory disturbances, including eating pathology (e.g., binge eating). Therefore, a relationship between scores on a measure of compulsive buying, the Compulsive Buying Scale (CBS), and body mass index (BMI) in adulthood was hypothesized.
Design and Methods:
Using a self-report survey methodology in a cross-sectional consecutive sample of convenience of 373 obstetrics/gynecology patients, correlations between CBS scores and BMI, both generally and with regard to race were examined.
A modest general correlation between CBS scores and BMI (r = 0.17, P < 0.01) was found. However, when these data were examined by race, CBS scores and BMI were significantly related among Caucasian women (r = 0.25, P < 0.01), but not in African American women (r = 0.04, P = n.s.).
Findings indicate that compulsive buying is associated with increasing BMI in adulthood, particularly among Caucasian women.