Eating pathology and depressive symptoms as predictors of excessive weight gain during pregnancy
Hecht LM, Schwartz N, Miller-Matero LR, Braciszewski JM, and Haedt-Matt A. Eating pathology and depressive symptoms as predictors of excessive weight gain during pregnancy. J Health Psychol 2020.
Journal of health psychology
Excessive gestational weight gain is associated with negative outcomes and the identification of contributing psychosocial factors may be useful in prevention and intervention. Pregnant women (N = 70) completed self-report measures of eating pathology, depressive symptomatology, and gestational weight gain. Global eating pathology was positively associated with overvaluation of shape and weight, dietary restraint, frequency of binge eating, and depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms significantly predicted excessive gestational weight gain, while global eating pathology predicted excessive gestational weight gain at a trend level. Results suggest that depressive symptoms more strongly predict excessive gestational weight gain than eating pathology.
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