Frequent self-weighing may cause depression in adolescents

November 10, 2015 10:37 PM

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WASHINGTON: Frequent selfweighing may increase weight concerns and depressive symptoms in young women while decreasing their selfesteem, a study has found. Self-weighing can be a useful tool to help adults control their weight, but for adolescents and young adults this behaviour may have negative psychological outcomes.

Researchers tracked the self-weighing behaviours of more than 1,900 young adults as part of Project EAT (Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults) and found increases in self-weighing to be significantly related to increases in weight concern and depression and decreases in body satisfaction an...

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