Dysfunctional eating behaviour, psychological well-being and adaptation to pregnancy: a study with women in the third trimester of pregnancy

Sónia Gonçalves*, Flávia Freitas, Marta Alexandre Freitas-Rosa, Bárbara César Machado

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Abstract

This study evaluated the prevalence and predictors of dysfunctional eating. Women in the third trimester of pregnancy participated in this study (N = 105). Dysfunctional eating was associated with a higher body mass index, enhanced negative body image, more somatic symptoms, poorer marital relationships, more negative attitudes regarding pregnancy and the baby and more emotional problems. A higher body mass index prior to the pregnancy, higher weight gain during pregnancy and a more negative perception of body image predicted dysfunctional eating. Clinicians must be aware of the presence of dysfunctional eating during pregnancy to prevent relevant physiological and psychosocial consequences during this stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2015

Keywords

  • Adaptation to pregnancy
  • Body image
  • Disordered eating

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