Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Psychol Assess. 2004 Mar;16(1):51-9.

Are dietary restraint scales valid measures of acute dietary restriction? Unobtrusive observational data suggest not.

Author information

  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA. estice@ori.org

Abstract

The finding that dietary restraint scales predict onset of bulimic pathology has been interpreted as suggesting that dieting causes this eating disturbance, despite the dearth of evidence that these scales are valid measures of dietary restriction. The authors conducted 4 studies that tested whether dietary restraint scales were inversely correlated with unobtrusively measured caloric intake. These studies, which varied in foods consumed, settings, and populations, indicated that common dietary restraint scales were largely uncorrelated with acute caloric intake. Results suggest that these scales are not valid measures of short-term dietary restriction and imply that it may be prudent to reinterpret findings from studies thai use these scales, including those that suggest dietary restraint is a risk factor for bulimic pathology.

((c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for American Psychological Association
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk