The Relationship Between Weight and Psychological Functioning Among Adolescent Girls

Michael A. Friedman, Denise E. Wilfley, Kathleen M. Pike, Ruth H. Striegel‐Moore, Judith Rodin

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This study investigated whether Body Mass Index (BMI) was associated with various aspects of psychological functioning in a sample of largely Caucasian adolescent girls. Three hundred sixty‐five adolescent girls ranging from ages 14 through 19 were assessed for general psychological functioning utilizing the Symptom Checklist‐90‐Revised (SCL‐90‐R), and functioning specific to eating, shape and weight utilizing the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI). Excess weight was associated with higher scores on the Bulimia, Body Dissatisfaction and Drive for Thinness subscales of the EDI. Excess weight was not, however, associated with general psychopathology or any of the subscales of the SCL‐90‐R. The results suggest that excess weight may carry risk for pathology specifically related to eating, shape and weight in adolescent girls, but not for general forms of psychopathology. 1995 North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalObesity research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995


  • adolescence
  • binge eating
  • body image
  • obesity
  • psychopathology


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