Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating among Mid-Age Women: Is Quality of Life Impacted over Time?

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating among Mid-Age Women: Is Quality of Life Impacted over Time?

Article excerpt

Author(s): A Kate Fairweather-Schmidt[sup.1], Christina Lee[sup.2] and Tracey D Wade[sup.1]

Objective

This longitudinal study of midlife women has three aims: examine quality of life (QoL) among women with and without indicators of disordered eating (DE); compare the obtained QoL effect to a younger cohort in the same longitudinal study and investigate potential moderating effects of depression and social support on the relationship between DE and QoL.

Method

We used self-report data from six waves of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health over 14 years. A total of 12,338 women participating in the mid-age cohort (ageing from 45-50 to 59-64) provided self-report indications of DE at Surveys 1 and 2, and QoL (SF-36 component scales - mental [MCS] and physical [PCS]) at Surveys 2-6.

Results

DE was reported by 10.25% of the women who also reported significantly poorer mental and physical QoL than those without DE; this effect was sustained over 12 years. Effect size differences for the midlife and younger women, between those with and without DE, showed a larger impact on physical QoL over time for the mid-age women. …

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