Eating attitudes and reasons for exercise among physically active college female students
Weber, Ann (Graduate student)
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Disordered eating attitudes and exercise behaviors are important factors when studying the continuum of eating disorders. An individual's attitude toward eating may influence other behaviors and thoughts toward health and exercise. A convenience sample study was used to examine the relationship between eating attitudes, reasons for exercise, and age among 190 physically active female college students ages 18 to 57. Participants completed the Disordered Eating Attitude Scale (DEAS) and Reasons for Exercise Inventory (REI). Level of exercise was self-reported by the participants and categorized as low, moderate, or high according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Pearson's Correlation determined that DEAS scores were significantly related to exercising to control weight (p=.000) and improve appearance (p=.000). There was no association between level of exercise and DEAS score or between age and DEAS score. This suggests that the college females in the study hold high regard to body image and exercise for non-health related reasons.