Use of diet pills and other dieting aids in a college population with high weight and shape concerns

Christine I. Celio, Kristine H. Luce, Susan W. Bryson, Andrew J. Winzelberg, Darby Cunning, Roxanne Rockwell, Angela A. Celio Doyle, Denise E. Wilfley, C. Barr Taylor

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Abstract

Objective: The current study examines diet aid use among college women at risk for eating disorders and explores characteristics associated with diet aid use. Method: Participants were 484 college women <30 years from 6 universities in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF) and San Diego who were at risk for developing eating disorders. A checklist assessed diet pill, fat blocker, diuretic, laxative, and other diet aid use over the past 12 months. Results: Thirty-two percent of the college women reported using a diet aid. Diet aid use was double the rate in San Diego (44%) compared with SF (22%) (p = .000). Weight and shape concerns were higher among diet aid users than among nonusers across sites. Conclusion: A significant number of college women at risk for eating disorders are using diet aids. We recommend that clinicians inquire about diet aid use among college-aged patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-497
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • College women
  • Diet aids
  • Diet pills
  • High risk

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