The Role of Overvaluation of Shape and Weight in Latinas with Binge Eating Disorder
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food while experiencing a sense of loss of control. Binge eating behavior occurs in all ethnic/racial groups, yet the majority of research has focused on White women. This study sought to understand the role of overvaluation of shape and weight (OV S/W) in a community sample of Latinas with binge eating symptomatology. OV S/W refers to the excessive importance of shape and weight on self-evaluation and is a diagnostic criterion for other eating disorders, but not BED. In White women and ethnically diverse patient samples, OV S/W is related to poorer: BED progress, treatment outcomes, and psychological functioning. Community samples of Latinas are absent in these studies. It was hypothesized that Latinas who overvalued their shape and weight would exhibit more BED symptomatology and have poorer psychological functioning than those who did not overvalue. Participants included 151 Latinas with clinically significant levels of binge eating. Each participant completed the Eating Disorder Examination (Fairburn & Cooper, 1993) to assess OV S/W and BED symptomatology as well as self-report measures to assess levels of psychological functioning. In the overall sample, OV S/W significantly predicted the more frequent binge episodes and related distress. In a subset of 54 participants with BED, those who overvalued had significantly more distress due to binge eating (p < .05), but no differences were found in binge eating frequency or levels of self-esteem, depression, or psychological distress.
BINGE EATING DISORDEREATING DISORDERSLATINASOVERVALUATION OF SHAPE AND WEIGHT
Cachelin, FaryBennett, Jeanette
Gil-Rivas, VirginiaCoffman, Maren
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2016.
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