Disordered eating precursors in pre- and early adolescent girls and boys

Pamela K. Keel, Jayne A. Fulkerson, Gloria R. Leon

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Abstract

First- and second-year findings from a study of the development of disordered eating in pre- and early adolescents are presented. Fifth- and sixth-grade girls (n = 80) and boys (n = 85) were assessed on depression, body image, self-esteem, and eating behaviors and attitudes in Year 1 and again one year later. Weight, height, and pubertal development were also evaluated in Year 1 and Year 2. Gender differences existed on all measures in Year 2 and indicated consistently poorer scores for girls compared to boys. For girls, Year 1 Body Mass Index and pubertal development predicted Year 2 disordered eating. For boys, poor body image in Year 1 predicted Year 2 disordered eating. The importance of identifying early risk factors for eating disorders is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1997

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Grant 1R01-HD24700 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to Gloria R. Leon. 1Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Received A.B. from Harvard/Radcliffe College. Research interests are eating disorders, adolescent health, and diabetes mellitus. 2Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Received M.A. from San Diego State University. Research interests are eating disorders, personality, and adolescent health. 3Professor, Department of Psychology, Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455. Received Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Research interests are eating disorders, physical stress and mental health, and psychosocial models of psychopathology. To whom correspondence should be addressed.

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