Yoga and pilates: Associations with body image and disordered-eating behaviors in a population-based sample of young adults

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Abstract

Objective: To examine associations between participating in mind-body activities (yoga/Pilates) and body dissatisfaction and disordered eating (unhealthy and extreme weight control practices and binge eating) in a population-based sample of young adults. Method: The sample included 1,030 young men and 1,257 young women (mean age: 25.3 years, SD = 1.7) who participated in Project EAT-III (Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults). Results: Among women, disordered eating was prevalent in yoga/Pilates participants and nonparticipants, with no differences between the groups. Men participating in yoga/Pilates were more likely to use extreme weight control behaviors (18.6% vs. 6.8%, p = .006) and binge eating (11.6% vs. 4.2%, p = .023), and marginally more likely to use unhealthy weight control behaviors (49.1% vs. 34.5%; p = .053), than nonparticipants after adjusting for sociodemographics, weight status, and overall physical activity. Discussion: Findings suggest the importance of helping yoga/Pilates instructors recognize that their students may be at risk for disordered eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-280
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Body satisfaction
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Mind-body
  • Obesity
  • Pilates
  • Weight
  • Yoga
  • Young adults

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