Self-weigh­ing linked to de­pres­sion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

While self-weigh­ing can be a use­ful tool to help adults con­trol their weight, for young women, this be­hav­iour may have neg­a­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal out­comes. Ac­cord­ing to a new study, among fe­males, fre­quent self-weigh­ing is sig­nif­i­cantly re­lated to weight con­cern, de­pres­sion and de­crease in body sat­is­fac­tion and self­es­teem.

“Fe­males who strongly agreed they self-weighed, re­ported en­gag­ing in ex­tremely dan­ger­ous weight-con­trol be­hav­iours at a rate of 80%,” said Carly Pa­canowski, lead au­thor of the study from Univer­sity of Min­nesota in the US.

“Ado­les­cent obe­sity is a pub­lic health con­cern, but body dis­sat­is­fac­tion and weight con­cerns are pre­dic­tors of eat­ing disorders,” Pa­canowski ex­plained. “This makes it crit­i­cal that obe­sity-preven­tion pro­grammes avoid ex­ac­er­bat­ing th­ese pre­dic­tors by un­der­stand­ing how be­hav­iours such as self-weigh­ing af­fect teens,” Pa­canowski noted.

The re­searchers tracked 1,902 young adults over 10 years as a part of project EAT (Eat­ing and Ac­tiv­ity in Teens and Young Adults).

Re­sults in­di­cated that fe­males who re­ported in­crease in self-weigh­ing over the 10-year pe­riod were ex­pected to have in­crease in weight con­cern and de­pres­sive symp­toms.

The study noted that self-weigh­ing may not be an in­nocu­ous be­hav­iour and care should be taken when young adults re­port self-weigh­ing.


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