Weight Attitudes Predict Eating Competence among College Students

Dawn Clifford, Linda A. Keeler, Kathy Gray, Andrew Steingrube, Michelle Neyman Morris

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Eating competence (EC) includes diet quality, eating attitudes, food acceptance, internal regulation, and skills such as meal planning and preparation. The purpose of this research was to determine which factors were more predictive of EC in college students: their body mass index (BMI) or attitude about their weight. A convenience sample of 1,720 students from a large state university completed an Internet survey that included the validated Eating Competence Satter Inventory (ecSI). A multiple regression showed that weight satisfaction and desire to lose weight were better predictors of EC than BMI. These results suggest that interventions to increase EC and overall health and well-being among college students should aim to improve body image and size acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-193
Number of pages10
JournalFamily and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Body mass index
  • College students
  • Eating competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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