Predictors of Disordered Eating in Young Males

Abstract

Recent findings suggest that disordered eating (DE) symptomatology may be underestimated in the male population. The present study examined depressive symptomatology as a potential mediator of the relationships between body image dissatisfaction, strategies to change body weight and muscles, media pressure, and DE (emotional, restrained and emotional eating) in 260 male undergraduates who completed a self-reported questionnaire. Path analyses indicated that media influence and strategies to decrease body weight had direct positive effects on depressive symptomatology, which in turn predicted emotional eating. Media influence had a direct positive effect on emotional eating, whereas strategies to decrease body weight did not exhibit a direct effect on emotional eating. Therefore, the latter pathway was removed from the model. The link between media pressure, strategies to decrease body weight and emotional eating was partially mediated by depressive symptomatology. The present findings can inform the development and implementation of prevention and education programs for DE in schools and universities.

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Doumit, R., Abi Kharma, J., Sanchez-Ruiz, M.J. et al. Predictors of Disordered Eating in Young Males. Community Ment Health J 54, 236–244 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0163-2

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  • Predictors
  • Emotional eating
  • Depressive symptomatology
  • Media influence
  • Body weight