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OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether attachment history predicts unique variance in body mass index in young women. METHOD: A cross-sectional design was employed. One hundred and forty five women completed self report measures of attachment history and psychological symptoms. RESULTS: The findings indicated that negative parental discipline predicted significant variance in body mass index when common variance associated with demographic and psychological symptom measures was taken into account. CONCLUSIONS: It is concluded that attachment history may contribute to overweight and obesity and may be an important factor to consider in the prevention and treatment of overweight in women.

Original publication




Journal article


Eat Behav

Publication Date





94 - 96


Adolescent, Adult, Body Mass Index, Body Weight, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Obesity, Object Attachment, Overweight, Risk Factors, Self Report, Women, Young Adult