A longitudinal evaluation of a biopsychosocial model predicting BMI and disordered eating among young adults

McCabe, Marita, Alcaraz-Ibanez, Manuel, Markey, Charlotte, Sicilia, Alvaro, Rodgers, Rachel F., Aimé, Annie, Dion, Jacinthe, Pietrabissa, Giada, Lo Coco, Gianluca, Caltabiano, Marie, Strodl, Esben, Bégin, Catherine, Blackburn, Marie Éve, Castelnuovo, Gianluca, Granero-Gallegos, Antonio, Gullo, Salvatore, Hayami-Chisuwa, Naomi, He, Qiqiang, Maïano, Christoph, Manzoni, Gian Mauro, Mellor, David, Probst, Michel, and Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew (2023) A longitudinal evaluation of a biopsychosocial model predicting BMI and disordered eating among young adults. Australian Psychologist, 58 (2). pp. 57-79.

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Objective: This study examined the utility of a biopsychosocial model to explain both higher body mass index (BMI) and disordered eating. The study was designed to examine the predictors of higher BMI and a number of measures of disordered eating (dietary restraint, drive for muscularity, drive for thinness, binge eating, and compensatory behaviour).

Method: Young adults (N = 838) recruited from seven countries, grouped into four regions (Europe, North American countries, Australia, Japan), completed an online survey, with each completion being 12 months apart. The survey included assessments of BMI and disordered eating, and a range of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors expected to predict both outcomes.

Results: Results revealed unique patterns of association between predictors and BMI as well as different measures of disordered eating in the four geographical regions.

Conclusions: The findings identify the specific nature of biopsychosocial factors that predict both higher BMI and different aspects of disordered eating. They also demonstrate that caution needs to be exercised in generalising findings from one country to other countries.

Item ID: 78497
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9544
Keywords: biopsychosocial model, cross-country research, Disordered eating, longitudinal, obesity, risk factors
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2023 23:37
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200501 Adolescent health @ 100%
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