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TitleExercising for weight and shape reasons vs. health control reasons : the impact on eating disturbance and psychological functioning
Author(s)Gonçalves, Sónia
Gomes, António Rui
Health reasons
Weight and shape reasons
Eating disturbance
Issue date2012
JournalEating Behaviors
Abstract(s)The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and correlates of exercise motivated by health and weight/shape reasons. In total, 301 participants (53.5% males) completed questionnaires assessing eating behaviors, affect, self-esteem and attitudes toward exercise. Almost 48% of the participants reported that their exercise is motivated by weight/shape reasons. These individuals were more likely to report eating problems and more positive affect after exercising. For both groups, gender, ideal weight, and the impact of weight gain on self-esteem significantly predict disordered eating. Body mass index, affect, and attitudes toward exercise also emerged as predictors for the health reasons group. Weight and shape control reasons for exercise participation were very common and related to eating disturbance.
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