Dieting among preadolescent and young adolescent females

McVey, Gail; Tweed, Stacey; Blackmore, Elizabeth
May 2004
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/11/2004, Vol. 170 Issue 10, p1559
Academic Journal
WE EXAMINED THE PREVALENCE OF DIETING and negative eating atti-tudes among 2279 females (aged 10--14 years) in southern On-tario. Self-report questionnaires revealed that 29.3% of the girls were currently trying to lose weight and 10.5% had scores greater than the clinical threshold for disordered eating (Chil-dren's version of the Eating Attitudes Test [ChEAT] score ≥20). Those with elevated ChEAT scores were more likely than those with lower scores to be engaged in dieting and other extreme weight control methods.


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