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Eat Behav. 2010 Jan;11(1):62-4. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2009.09.001. Epub 2009 Sep 9.

The importance of the function of exercise in the relationship between obligatory exercise and eating and body image concerns.

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University at Albany, State University of New York, Department of Psychology SS399, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222, USA. kd897738@albany.edu

Abstract

This study tested whether exercising in response to negative affect moderates the association between obligatory exercise and eating and body image psychopathology. Participants (n=226) completed the Eating Disorders Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q), Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire (OEQ), and a question assessing whether they ever exercise in response to negative affect. In total, 132 (58.4%) participants endorsed exercising in response to negative affect. Multiple regression analyses revealed significant main effects of negative affect motivated exercise, OEQ total scores, and gender on all four EDE-Q subscales and significant interactions of negative affect motivated exercise and OEQ scores on the Eating Concern, Shape Concern, and Weight Concern scales but not the Restraint scale of the EDE-Q. Obligatory exercisers may not demonstrate elevated eating and body image concerns in the absence of negative affect motivated exercise, providing further support of the importance of the function of exercise.

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19962122
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2009.09.001
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