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Fatty, Fatty, Two-by-Four: Weight-Teasing History and Disturbed Eating in Young Adult Women.
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PMID:  23327257     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective. We investigated the long-term effect of weight teasing during childhood. Methods. Young adult women (n = 1533; aged 18-26 years) from 3 large universities participated in a survey (Fall 2009 to Spring 2010) that assessed disturbed eating behaviors; weight status at ages 6, 12, and 16 years; and weight-teasing history. Results. Nearly half of the participants were weight-teased as a child. Participants who experienced childhood weight teasing were significantly more likely to have disturbed eating behaviors now than non-weight-teased peers. As the variety of weight teasing insults recalled increased, so did disturbed eating behaviors and current body mass index. Those who recalled their weight at ages 6, 12, or 16 years as being heavier than average endured weight teasing significantly more frequently and felt greater distress than their lighter counterparts. Conclusions. Weight teasing may contribute to the development of disturbed eating and eating disorders in young women. Health care professionals, parents, teachers, and other childcare givers must help shift social norms to make weight teasing as unacceptable as other types of bullying. To protect the health of children, efforts to make weight teasing unacceptable are warranted. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print January 17, 2013: e1-e8. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300898).
Virginia M Quick; Rita McWilliams; Carol Byrd-Bredbenner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
At the time of this study, Virginia M. Quick and Carol Byrd-Bredbenner were with Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Rita McWilliams was with the Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University.
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