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Table 3 Mean body mass index levels across problem scores on symptoms of eating disturbance in the sample (N = 10,172)

From: Associations between symptoms of eating disturbance and frequency of physical activity in a non-clinical, population-based sample of adolescents


Girls (n = 5371)

Boys (n = 4801)

M (SD)

M (SD)

Full sample

22.0 (0.05)

22.6 (0.05)

Item 1: Discontent with own eating habitsa

22.7 (0.12)b

23.4 (0.20)b

Item 2: Comfort eatinga

23.2 (0.20)b

24.1 (0.39)b

Item 3: Feelings of guilt related to eatinga

23.1 (0.16)b

24.7 (0.48)b

Item 4: Strict dieting to gain control over eatinga

23.1 (0.28)b

24.2 (0.53)b

Item 5: Thoughts of being too fata

24.2 (0.13)b

27.2 (0.30)b

  1. aInclude individuals with problem scores on the indicated EDS-5 item
  2. bProblem scores on each of the EDS-5 items were significantly associated (p < 0.001) with higher mean BMI compared with non-problem scores