Racial/ethnic and weight status disparities in dieting and disordered weight control behaviors among early adolescents Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • This study examined whether racial/ethnic minority early adolescents with overweight/obesity are at increased risk of disordered weight control behaviors, defined as unhealthy behaviors aiming to control or modify shape and weight, ranging from self-induced vomiting to the use of dietary supplements.U.S. Middle school children (n=12.511) provided self-report of gender, race/ethnicity, height, and weight as well as dieting and disordered weight control behaviors.In the entire sample, 25.6% (n=1514) of girls and 16.6% (n=1098) of boys reported dieting within the last month, while 3.5% (n=200) of girls and 2.7% (n=176) of boys reported DWCB. Within all racial/ethnic groups, participants classified as being overweight/obese (34% to 50%) were more likely to report dieting compared to their counterparts without overweight/obesity (9.6% to 29.6%). Racial/ethnic minority children with overweight/obesity had an increased risk of dieting and disordered weight control behaviors compared to their counterparts without overweight/obesity, and, for some outcomes, compared to their White peers with overweight/obesity.Racial/ethnic minority early adolescents with overweight/obesity are a particularly vulnerable group for disordered eating.

authors

  • Rodgers, Rachel F
  • Peterson, KE
  • Hunt, AT
  • Spadano-Gasbarro, JL
  • Richmond, TK
  • Greaney, ML
  • Austin, SB

publication date

  • 2017