The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005

Anita Darby*, Phillipa Hay, Jonathan Mond, Frances Quirk, Petra Buttner, Lee Kennedy

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    Abstract

    Objective: To measure the cooccurrence of obesity and eating disorder (ED) behaviors in the South Australian population and assess the change in level from 1995 to 2005. Method: Two independent cross-sectional single stage interview based population surveys were conducted a decade apart. Self-reported height, weight, ED behaviors, and sociodemographics were assessed. Changes between the two time points were analyzed. Results: From 1995 to 2005 the population prevalence of comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased from 1 to 3.5%. Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased more (prevalence odds ratio (POR) = 4.5; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 95% CI = [2.8, 7.4]; p < .001) than either obesity (POR = 1.6; 95% CI = [1.3, 2.0]; p < .001) or ED behaviors (POR = 3.1; 95% CI = [2.3, 4.1]; p < .001) alone. Discussion: Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors are an increasing problem in our society. Prevention and treatments efforts for obesity and EDs must consider and address this increasing comorbidity. Vc 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)104-108
    Number of pages5
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume42
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

    Keywords

    • Eating disorders
    • Obesity
    • Prevalence

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