Under‐Eating and Over‐Eating Concerns Among Adolescents

Tiffany Field, Regina Yando, Jeff Harding, Ketty P. Gonzalez, David Lasko, Debra Bendell

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462 adolescents were given a set of scales to determine their concerns about eating (under-eating or over-eating), and perceptions of family and peer intimacy, social support, self-esteem, depression and exercise. Although only 10% stated that they were "underweight" and 21% that they were "overweight", as many as 50% reported having eating concerns. As compared to those who did not have concerns about eating, those who were concerned about undereating felt that they had poorer relationships with their mothers and fathers, less social support, lower self-esteem and low levels of exercise. In contrast, those who were concerned about overeating perceived having an intimacy problem only with their fathers. Like those concerned about undereating, the group concerned about overeating also had lower self-esteem and low levels of exercise. But, unlike the under-eating concern group, the over-eating concern group scored higher on the depression scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1019-1025
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1995


  • over-eating
  • Under-eating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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