Accuracy of self-reported weight: covariation with binger or restrainer status and eating disorder symptomatology.

TitleAccuracy of self-reported weight: covariation with binger or restrainer status and eating disorder symptomatology.
Publication TypeJournal Article
JournalAddictive behaviors
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination1-8
Date Published1992
ISSN0306-4603
Abstract

Studies indicate that women's self-reported and actual weights correlate above .90 but that approximately one-third of women under-report their weight by more than 5 lb. Overweight women under-report to a greater degree than women of normal weight. The present study replicated these findings and extended them to women showing eating disorder-related behaviors, including regular binging and dietary restraint. Reporting accuracy was also covaried with eating disorder tendencies as measured on a continuum in the general population. Despite high statistical power, results revealed no correlation between under-reporting and either Bulimia Test scores or Eating Attitudes Test scores and found no differences in reporting accuracy as a function of binger status or restrained eater status. Women manifesting eating disorder-relating behaviors were neither more nor less accurate than were normals. Potential sources of error in measuring weight and in evaluating self-report are presented and discussed.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/0306-4603(92)90047-Y
Short TitleAddict Behav
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