Physical fitness and disordered eating among adolescents: Results from the EHDLA study

Lopez-Gil, José F, García-Hermoso, Antonio, Smith, Lee, Trott, Mike, Lopez-Bueno, Ruben, Gutiérrez-Espinoza, Hector, Eumann Mesas, Arthur and Tárraga-López, Pedro J (2022) Physical fitness and disordered eating among adolescents: Results from the EHDLA study. Appetite. ISSN 0195-6663

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The aim of this study was to examine the association between a comprehensive spectrum of physical fitness components and disordered eating symptoms in a sample of Spanish adolescents. This cross-sectional study analysed a representative sample of 741 adolescents (55.1% girls) from the Eating Healthy and Daily Life Activities (EHDLA) study (Valle de Ricote, Region of Murcia, Spain). Objective physical fitness (i.e., cardiorespiratory fitness, upper body strength, lower body strength, speed-agility and flexibility) was assesed by the ALPHA-FIT Test Battery for a young population. Disordered eating symptoms were assessed with the Sick, Control, One, Fat, Food (SCOFF) questionnaire. An incremental inverse association was found in participants with low cardiorespiratory fitness (OR = 2.33; 95% CI: 1.56–3.50), low handgrip strength (OR = 1.99; 95% CI: 1.33–2.97), low lower body strength (OR = 1.91; 95% CI: 1.28–2.86), low speed-agility (OR = 1.75; 95% CI: 1.17–2.62), and low global physical fitness (OR = 2.03; 95% CI: 1.37–3.01) and disordered eating symptoms, compared to participants with a high level of each of these physical fitness components. Our study provides evidence that, in Spanish adolescents, disordered eating symptoms are inversely associated with a comprehensive set of physical fitness components. Hence, it could be relevant to promote physical fitness, e.g., by a multifactorial approach, since it seems to be related to lower disordered eating symptoms in youths.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Eating disorders, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Handgrip Strength, Youth
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 08:52
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2022 10:42

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