Weight-Loss Expectancies, Relative Weight, and Symptoms of Bulimia in Young Women

Dennis L. Thombs, June M. Rosenberg, Colleen A. Mahoney, Eileen L. Daniel

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Abstract

A canonical correlation analysis of weight loss expectancies, bulimia symptoms, and relative weight in a sample of college women revealed one dominant pattern of association in which strong expectations of weight loss benefits and a high relative body weight were positively correlated with the 4 major symptoms of bulimia. In particular, expectations of increased self-worth and social confidence were linked to eating problems. The implications of the findings for the prevention of eating disorders and the treatment of young bulimic women are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-414
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume37
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1996

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