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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Dec;67(6):967-74.

Naturalistic weight-reduction efforts prospectively predict growth in relative weight and onset of obesity among female adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin 78712, USA. stice@psy.utexas.edu

Abstract

This study examined the prospective relations of naturalistic weight-reduction efforts to growth in relative weight and onset of obesity with data from a community study of female adolescents (N = 692). Initial self-labeled dieting, appetite suppressant/laxative use, incidental exercise, vomiting for weight-control purposes, and binge eating predicted elevated growth in relative weight over the 4-year period. Dietary restraint, self-labeled dieting, exercise for weight-control purposes, and appetite suppressant/laxative use predicted an increased risk for obesity onset. Data imply that the weight-reduction efforts reported by adolescents are more likely to result in weight gain than in weight loss and suggest the need to educate youth on more effective weight-control strategies.

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