Pathogenic Eating Behaviors and Psychological Risk Factors of Weight Preoccupied College Students
This study investigated the connection between Body Dissatisfaction and Drive for Thinness to several psychological correlates: Ineffectiveness, Interpersonal Distrust, Perfectionism, Interoceptive Awareness, and Maturity Fears. Regression analyses indicated that these five correlates together accounted for 23% of the variance in a measure of Body Dissatisfaction. Body Dissatisfaction and the five correlates together accounted for 52% of the variance in a measure of Drive for Thinness. Results of the path analysis confirmed that Ineffectiveness, Interoceptive Awareness and Maturity Fears were the strongest predictors of Body Dissatisfaction. In turn, Body Dissatisfaction, Ineffectiveness and Interoceptive Awareness were the strongest predictors of Drive for Thinness. Gender differences and prevalence rates of eating disordered behavior were reviewed. Consistent with other research, this study confirmed high levels of bingeing and purging behavior (44%) among college men and women.