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The prevalence of compulsive eating and exercise among college students: an exploratory study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19046604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eating disturbances continue to grow among college students, and researchers have begun to investigate factors that may lead to abnormal eating behaviors in this population. Recent research has also suggested that excessive exercise can become a compulsive behavior that may affect psychological health. The aim of this exploratory study was to evaluate the relationships between both compulsive eating and exercise, and demographic and clinical variables in a college population. Participants were 589 undergraduates (mean age 20 years) recruited during a mental health screening at two different campuses. Participants completed a screening package of measures including a questionnaire about socio-demographic data, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), the Consumptive Habits Questionnaire (CHQ), the Modified Overt Aggression Scale-Self-rated version (MOAS), and the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire-Short version (QLESQ). A prevalence rate of 7.2% was found for compulsive eating and 18.1% for compulsive exercise, as measured by the CHQ. Only 11 participants (1.9%) reported both compulsive eating and exercise. There was no significant relationship between compulsive eating and compulsive exercise. The results suggest that college students may represent a group at high risk of developing abnormal eating behaviors and compulsive exercise.
Jenny Guidi; Maribeth Pender; Steven D Hollon; Sidney Zisook; Faye H Schwartz; Paola Pedrelli; Amy Farabaugh; Maurizio Fava; Timothy J Petersen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry research     Volume:  165     ISSN:  0165-1781     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatry Res     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-23     Completed Date:  2009-03-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7911385     Medline TA:  Psychiatry Res     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  154-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / psychology
Compulsive Behavior / epidemiology*,  psychology
Cross-Sectional Studies
Depressive Disorder / epidemiology,  psychology
Eating / psychology*
Eating Disorders / epidemiology,  psychology
Exercise / psychology*
Health Surveys
Mass Screening
Personality Inventory
Quality of Life / psychology
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Students / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
United States
Young Adult

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