The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has recently published a study that finds that “young women who weigh themselves frequently may be at risk for depression.” In this study, over 1900 young adults had their weight and psychological well-being tracked over a decade. Of the group, 57% percent was female.
“Females who strongly agreed they self-weighed reported engaging in extremely dangerous weight-control behaviors at a rate of 80 percent,” said study author Carly Pacanowski. While obesity is a public health concern in the United States, “obesity-prevention programs need to avoid making body dissatisfaction worse.”
“Although the study found an association between increased self-weighing and problems such as depression, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship.”