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Table 2 Associations between mothers’ weight talk and adolescent girls’ body dissatisfaction, self-worth, depression, and weight control and disordered eating behaviors*

From: Mother-reported parental weight talk and adolescent girls’ emotional health, weight control attempts, and disordered eating behaviors

  Body dissatisfaction Self-worth Depression Healthy weight control behaviors Unhealthy weight control behaviors Extreme weight control behaviors Binge eating with loss of control
(Range 10–60) (Range 5–20) (Range 6–18)
  Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) % % %
Parent comments to daughter about her weight
Never 33.7 (1.6) 15.1 (0.5) 11.1 (0.4) 3.5 (0.2) 65.3 4.2 8.1
Rarely 31.8 (1.6) 14.4 (0.5) 11.6 (0.4) 4.0 (0.2) 60.1 9.2 13.7
Sometimes 35.8 (1.6) 14.7 (0.5) 11.0 (0.4) 3.6 (0.2) 70.4 6.4 13.6
Often/very often 38.4 (2.5) 13.8 (0.7) 12.9 (0.6) 3.6 (0.4) 81.4 23.2 27.5
P (trend) 0.052 0.213 0.041 0.986 0.127 0.040 0.048
Mother talks about own weight/shape/size
Never 34.6 (2.7) 16.5 (0.8) 9.9 (0.6) 4.1 (0.4) 72.4 13.5 5.0
Rarely 33.8 (1.8) 15.1 (0.5) 11.5 (0.4) 3.1 (0.3) 56.7 3.2 8.4
Sometimes 33.3 (1.3) 14.6 (0.4) 11.2 (0.3) 3.8 (0.2) 64.0 6.2 11.6
Often/very often 36.2 (1.6) 14.0 (0.5) 12.2 (0.4) 3.6 (0.2) 78.1 14.1 23.0
P (trend) 0.649 0.007 0.004 0.597 0.529 0.728 0.095
Mother comments on others’ weight/shape/size
Never 37.4 (1.6) 15.5 (0.5) 11.1 (0.4) 3.5 (0.3) 68.5 4.8 11.6
Rarely 33.0 (1.5) 14.2 (0.4) 11.2 (0.4) 3.8 (0.2) 62.2 8.6 9.3
Sometimes 32.0 (1.5) 14.9 (0.4) 11.4 (0.4) 3.6 (0.2) 63.0 8.4 13.4
Often/very often 36.7 (2.3) 14.0 (0.7) 12.4 (0.6) 3.7 (0.4) 84.3 14.1 27.3
P (trend) 0.718 0.155 0.047 0.873 0.155 0.162 0.061
  1. *Models adjusted for girls’ race/ethnicity, age, and BMI z-score.