The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005

Darby, Anita, Hay, Phillipa, Mond, Jonathan, Quirk, Frances, Buttner, Petra, and Kennedy, Lee (2009) The rising prevalence of comorbid obesity and eating disorder behaviors from 1995 to 2005. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42 (2). pp. 104-108.

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Abstract

Objective: To measure the cooccurrence of obesity and eating disorder (ED)behaviors in the South Australian population and assess the change in level from 1995 to 2005.

Method: Two independent cross-sectional single stage interview based population surveys were conducted a decade apart. Self-reported height, weight, ED behaviors, and sociodemographics were assessed. Changes between the two time points were analyzed.

Results: From 1995 to 2005 the population prevalence of comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased from 1 to 3.5%. Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors increased more (prevalence odds ratio (POR) 5 4.5; 95% confidence interval (CI) 5 95% CI 5 [2.8, 7.4]; p\.001) than either obesity (POR 5 1.6; 95% CI 5 [1.3, 2.0]; p \ .001) or ED behaviors (POR 5 3.1; 95% CI 5 [2.3, 4.1]; p\.001) alone.

Discussion: Comorbid obesity and ED behaviors are an increasing problem in our society. Prevention and treatments efforts for obesity and EDs must consider and address this increasing comorbidity.

Item ID: 5133
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1098-108X
Keywords: obesity; eating disorders; prevalence
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2009 03:24
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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