Demographic, Psychological, and Weight-Related Correlates of Weight Control Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD DEPT OF MEDICAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
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Studies have shown that weight control behavior use among military personnel is highly prevalent. However, the factors associated with engaging in these behaviors remain unexplored. Active duty personnel N 3,391 from several U.S. military installations voluntarily completed an anonymous questionnaire assessing weight control behavior use e.g., vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, diet pills prior to weigh-in physical readiness testing. The majority of participants were enlisted 92.2, Navy 78.0, Caucasian 59.2 men 79.7. Nearly 23 of the respondents reported engaging in weight control behaviors prior to weigh-inphysical fitness testing. Both weight-related factors and psychological factors were associated with increased odds of engaging in weight control behaviors. Except for body mass index, the associations between demographic factors and use of weight control behaviors, although significant had small effect sizes. Implications for military weight management programs and future research are discussed.
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