Teen Daughters of Military Members at Higher Risk for Eating Disorders

Female adolescents of U.S. Military members may have an increased risk for eating disorders and its associated complications, including obesity.

Objective

Limited data suggest that the children of U.S. service members may be at increased risk for disordered-eating. To date, no study has directly compared adolescent military-dependents to their civilian peers along measures of eating pathology and associated correlates. We, therefore, compared overweight and obese adolescent female military-dependents to their civilian counterparts along measures of eating-related pathology and psychosocial functioning.

Method

Adolescent females with a BMI between the 85th and 97th percentiles and who reported loss-of-control eating completed interview and questionnaire assessments of eating-related and general psychopathology.

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