OBESITY: Girls Happy With Their Bodies Don't Binge Eat (CME/CE)
ORLANDO -- Among overweight adolescent girls, those who are more satisfied with their bodies appear to be less likely to develop binge eating disorder, researchers found.
Through 11 years of follow-up, girls who said they were pretty much, a lot, or totally satisfied with their bodies had 61% lower odds of meeting criteria for the eating disorder compared with those who were only a little or not at all satisfied (OR 0.39, 95% CI 0.24 to 0.64), according to Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, of Children's Hospital Boston.
They also gained significantly less body mass (0.1 kg/m 2 less per year), Sonneville reported at the Obesity Society meeting here.
Action Points Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference.
These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Explain that among overweight adolescent girls, those who are more satisfied with their bodies appear to be less likely to develop binge eating disorder.
Note that girls who were satisfied with their bodies gained significantly less body mass than their less-satisfied peers.
"This study builds on the existing literature that recognizes body dissatisfaction as a risk factor for negative outcomes during adolescence," she said.
Dissatisfaction with one's body -- which is common and even normative in adolescent girls, according to Sonneville -- has been associated with various adverse outcomes, including disordered eating, low self-esteem, and depressive symptoms.
Body satisfaction, on the other hand, has been associated with fewer unhealthy weight control behaviors and higher levels of physical activity.
It also has been tied to less weight gain among overweight and obese adolescent girls, who, nevertheless, are more likely to report binge eating.