Too much balance study finds behavioral changes in young women

Too much balance study finds behavioral changes in young women / Health News
Those who weigh more often have more control over their body weight. It could be that simple. However, in young girls, this behavior can belittle self-esteem and body satisfaction, suggests a study from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Eating disorders such as anorexia and eating-crushing addiction (bulimia) can be the result, say the US scientists.

As part of the EAT ("Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults") project, almost 1,900 people aged 15 or over were followed for over ten years, and the body mass index (BMI) was regularly determined. Using various scales, participants assessed, among other things, the extent of their weight control, the subjectively "ideal body weight", their concern for body weight, their body satisfaction and possible depressive symptoms. They also recorded whether they had already shown unhealthy eating habits (eg fasting, skipping meals) or extremely unhealthy eating habits (eg, vomiting, taking laxatives).

Constant weighing can also have negative consequences. Image: viperagp - fotolia

The conclusion was clear: who was often on the scales, was also more worried about his body weight - regardless of gender. In the girls, increased weight control over the ten years also reduced self-esteem, were less satisfied with their own body, and showed signs of depression. Unhealthy eating habits were more common.

Regular weight control is often used to prevent obesity, to maintain or reduce body weight. However, according to the study results, the constant path to Libra for young people on their way to adulthood is not undisputed behavior - especially among young women. Even though regular weight control has positive effects, potential negative consequences should also be taken into account, the researchers explain in the journal "Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior". Which actual frequency of weight determination triggers these effects will be further analyzed. (Heike Kreutz, aid)