Accession Number : ADA540799


Title :   Individual Differences and Short-Term Military Factors Associated With Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors Among Active Duty and Reserve Army Soldiers


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD DEPT OF MEDICAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Cofell, Laurel K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a540799.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 136


Abstract : Studies have demonstrated an associative link between anxiety about passing mandated military weight standards and unhealthy weight loss behaviors (WLB) (Carlton, Manos, & Van Slyke, 2005; Lauder, Williams, Campbell, Davis, & Sherman 1999). This study assessed the impact of individual and demographic differences disordered eating cognitions, and military weight standard-related factors on unhealthy WLB in 871 Army Active Duty and Reserve soldiers. Most of the participants were Caucasian (44.4%), male (68.3%), Active Duty (62.1%) soldiers. Over a third of participants (35.6%) reported engaging in unhealthy WLB to prepare for military weighins and over a quarter (29%) reported engaging in long-term unhealthy WLB. Other than gender, individual differences were largely unassociated with unhealthy WLB. Psychological factors, a history of failing weight standards, or current concern about failing standards were associated with unhealthy WLB. The implications of unhealthy weight loss behaviors and the impact of military environment on health behaviors is discussed.


Descriptors :   *WEIGHT REDUCTION , *BEHAVIOR , *ARMY PERSONNEL , *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , THESES , MILITARY APPLICATIONS , ACTIVE DUTY , ANXIETY , HEALTH , ENVIRONMENTS , MILITARY RESERVES , MILITARY STANDARDS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Stress Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE