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Int J Eat Disord. 2006 Sep;39(6):492-7.

Use of diet pills and other dieting aids in a college population with high weight and shape concerns.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-5722, and Department of Psychiatry, The University of Chicago Hospitals, IL, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The current study examines diet aid use among college women at risk for eating disorders and explores characteristics associated with diet aid use.

METHOD:

Participants were 484 college women<30 years from 6 universities in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF) and San Diego who were at risk for developing eating disorders. A checklist assessed diet pill, fat blocker, diuretic, laxative, and other diet aid use over the past 12 months.

RESULTS:

Thirty-two percent of the college women reported using a diet aid. Diet aid use was double the rate in San Diego (44%) compared with SF (22%) (p=.000). Weight and shape concerns were higher among diet aid users than among nonusers across sites.

CONCLUSION:

A significant number of college women at risk for eating disorders are using diet aids. We recommend that clinicians inquire about diet aid use among college-aged patients.

PMID:
16676350
DOI:
10.1002/eat.20254
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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