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Eat Disord. 2011 Oct-Dec;19(5):403-24. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2011.609091.

Effects of parental relations and upbringing in troubled adolescent eating behaviors.

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Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.


Family relations may constitute a risk for developing eating problems. Not enough is known about parent-child relationship quality and upbringing in food situations. Self-report data from 80 high school students (45 males) showed that females had more eating problems than males, and their problems were related both to insecure mother attachment, controlling for body/weight dissatisfaction, and to more memories of childhood food rules. Secure mother attachment was related to decreased eating problems, via increasing body/weight satisfaction. Especially the mother- daughter relationship seems to affect adolescent girls' eating habits and can either protect against or enhance the risk for eating problems.

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