Individual Differences and Short-Term Military Factors Associated With Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors Among Active Duty and Reserve Army Soldiers
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD DEPT OF MEDICAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
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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.
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- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Stress Physiology