"Females who strongly agreed they self-weighed reported engaging in extremely dangerous weight-control behaviours at a rate of 80 percent," said lead author of the study Carly Pacanowski from University of Minnesota in the US.
"This makes it critical that obesity-prevention programmes avoid exacerbating these predictors by understanding how behaviours such as self-weighing affect teens," Pacanowski noted.
The researchers tracked 1,902 young adults over 10 years as a part of project EAT (Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults). Results indicated that females who reported increase in self-weighing over the 10-year period were expected to have increase in weight concern and depressive symptoms and decreases in body satisfaction and self-esteem. As such, self-weighing may not be an innocuous behaviour and care should be taken when young adults report self-weighing.
The study was published in the journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour