There are many factors associated with the occurrence of dangerous eating behavior, such as interactions with peers, media and parents / family.
Teens are more likely to count calories, skipping meals and adopt other dangerous eating behaviors if they have the experience of family conflict or low mood symptoms, according to research from Australia.
The researcher Adrian B. Kelly, of University of Queensland, said there are many factors associated with the occurrence of dangerous eating behavior, such as interactions with peers, media and parents / family.
The research focuses on the emotional climate of the family as a source of vulnerability of girls to dangerous diets.
In Australia, about 39% of teen girls and 13% of teen boys adopt moderate or excessive dieting.
Researchers looked at more than 4,000 girls 11-14 years old in 231 schools three states. The girls answered questionnaires on behavior as counting calories, reducing the amount meals or skipping meals as a weight control tool, graduating how often were adopting each behavior.
also completed mood questionnaires, describing how close they felt to their parents and reviewed three issues regarding disputes at home.
‘The ones had higher levels of family conflict were also more likely to be dieting and feelings of sadness seemed to explain part of the relationship, said the findings in the journal Eating Behaviors.
Girls with lower socioeconomic status and what they had early onset puberty were more likely than the rest dieting.
The survey took into account only one time period. It can not answer whether conflicts or depression causing dangerous eating behavior. It shows only that related, the researchers note.
The findings should be interpreted with caution until confirmed in long-term studies and researchers consider interventions to reduce depression,