Effects of Weight Teasing on Girls

It is well known that women with higher body mass indexes (BMIs; kg/m2) who are teased about their weight during childhood are at increased risk for disordered eating behaviors. Researchers at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, wondered what the effect of teasing about weight would have on women who are at healthy BMIs. Little research has been done in this area.

Sports nutritionist Virginia Quick, PhD and Carol Byrd-Brenbrenner, PhD, RD, recruited 583 women aged 18 to 25 years with healthy BMIs (range: 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2; median: 21.6 kg/m2), no history of eating disorders, or chronic nutrition-related disease to participate in a study assessing eating behaviors, an a history of being teased about their weight (J Am Diet Assn 2010; September, Abstract, A-43). Using the sample's median BMI of 21.6, participants were divided into two groups, those with lower healthy BMIs (269 women) and those with upper healthy BMIs (269 women).

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