The Occurrence and Covariation of Binge Eating and Compensatory Behaviors Across Early to Mid-Adolescence.

TitleThe Occurrence and Covariation of Binge Eating and Compensatory Behaviors Across Early to Mid-Adolescence.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume43
Issue4
Pagination402-412
Date Published2018
ISSN0146-8693
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the occurrence and covariation of four eating disorder behaviors across the elementary, middle, and high school years. In a sample of 1,906 youth measured over 5 years at nine time points, from the past year of elementary school through the second year of high school, binge eating, purging (self-induced vomiting), compensatory exercise, and fasting behavior were assessed by self-report. Over the 5-year period, rates of binge eating and purging increased but rates of compensatory exercise and fasting decreased. Girls and boys did not differ in their rates of engagement in any of the behaviors. Within time, the behaviors covaried modestly. Health-care professionals are advised to assess each behavior individually, rather than base interventions on the presence or absence of a diagnosable eating disorder. Gender should not be a basis for assessing for the presence of any of these behaviors.

URLhttps://academic.oup.com/jpepsy/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/jpepsy/jsx113
DOI10.1093/jpepsy/jsx113
Short TitleJ Pediatr Psychol
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