Weight suppression and its relation to eating disorder and weight outcomes: a narrative review

Sasha Gorrell, Erin E. Reilly, Katherine Schaumberg, Lisa M. Anderson, Joseph M. Donahue

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Abstract

Weight suppression (WS) refers to the discrepancy between highest adult weight and current weight, and has been examined as a key construct related to both: eating pathology and weight management. However, despite increasing interest in WS, findings regarding the clinical implications of WS are often conflicting. For instance, WS has been associated with both adaptive and maladaptive outcomes across various populations. Moreover, results regarding the predictive utility of WS within clinical samples have been inconsistent. The current paper aims to provide a narrative review of existing investigation related to WS, highlight gaps in the field’s understanding of this construct, and outline recommendations for future study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-81
Number of pages30
JournalEating disorders
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

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