Depression, stress and body fat are associated with binge eating in a community sample of African American and Hispanic women

Heather J. Adamus-Leach, Penny L. Wilson, Daniel P. O'Connor, Paula C. Rhode, Scherezade K. Mama, Rebecca E. Lee

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among depressive symptoms, stress and severity of binge eating symptoms in a community sample of African American and Hispanic or Latina women. Method: Women (African American, n = 127; Hispanic or Latina, n = 44) completed measures of body composition, stress, depression, and binge eating. Results: Scores on a depressive symptom scale indicated that 24.0 % of participants exhibited clinically significant levels of depressive symptoms. Mean binge eating scores were below the threshold for clinically diagnosed binge eating (12.99 ± 7.90). Mean stressful event scores were 25.86 ± 14.26 and the average stress impact score was 78.36 ± 55.43. Linear regression models found that body composition, stress impact score, and being classified as having clinically significant levels of depression were associated with severity of binge eating symptoms. Conclusion: Higher levels of percent body fat, a CES-D score ≥16 and higher WSI-Impact scores were associated with greater severity of binge eating symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-227
Number of pages7
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Life stress
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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