The role of depressive symptoms in the relation between dieting motivation and weight change

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Abstract

In general, a high level of dieting motivation is associated with successful weight loss. However, this may not be equally true for everyone. The goal of the current longitudinal study was to test the interactive effect of dieting motivation and depressive symptoms on weight change in a sample of 142 participants (M age = 46.7; 112 females). Height and weight were measured twice: at baseline and after a year. Some evidence was found for the hypothesized interactive effect of dieting motivation and depressive symptoms on weight change. The BMI of participants without depressive symptoms decreased with increasing motivation, whereas the BMI of participants with depressive symptoms increased with increasing motivation. Taken together, these data suggest that depressive symptoms should be taken into account in weight-loss treatments because they may interfere with weight loss goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1021
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • BODY-MASS INDEX
  • EATING BEHAVIOR
  • LOSS MAINTENANCE
  • NEGATIVE AFFECT
  • OBESITY
  • SELF
  • POPULATION
  • HEIGHT
  • EATERS
  • MOOD

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