Body image flexibility moderates the association between disordered eating cognition and disordered eating behavior in a non-clinical sample of women: A cross-sectional investigation

Makeda Moore, Akihiko Masuda, Mary L. Hill, Bradley Goodnight

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Abstract

Body image flexibility, a regulation process of openly and freely experiencing disordered eating thoughts and body dissatisfaction, has been found to be a buffering factor against disordered eating symptomatology. The present cross-sectional study investigates whether body image flexibility accounts for disordered eating behavior above and beyond disordered eating cognition, mindfulness, and psychological inflexibility in a sample of nonclinical women, and whether body image flexibility moderates the associations between these correlates and disordered eating behavior. Participants were 421 women, age 21. ±. 5.3. years old on average, who completed a web-based survey that included the self-report measures of interest. Results demonstrate the incremental effects of body image flexibility on disordered eating behavior above and beyond disordered eating cognition, mindfulness, and psychological inflexibility. Women with greater body image flexibility endorse disordered eating behavior less so than those with lower body image flexibility. Body image flexibility moderates the association between disordered eating cognition and disordered eating behavior for women with greater body image flexibility, disordered eating cognition is not positively associated with disordered eating behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)664-669
Number of pages6
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Body image flexibility
  • Disordered eating
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychological inflexibility

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