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Acceptance Model of Intuitive Eating with Younger and Older Women

Acceptance Model of Intuitive Eating with Younger and Older Women

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An Intuitive Eating study on nearly 700 women showed that the constructs of Intuitive Eating apply to older and younger women across the lifespan. Notably, body appreciation predicted the ability for women of varied ages to eat intuitively.

This study is a dissertation by Casey L. Augustus-Horvath from Ohio State University, supervised by Tracy Tylka, PhD, who created and validated the Intuitive Eating Scale.

More Resources on Intuitive Eating:

Intuitive Eating Professionals-LinkedIn
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Intuitive Eating Resources
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www.IntuitiveEating.org

Intuitive Eating Skills Training for Health Professionals
http://intuitiveeatingpro.com/
An Intuitive Eating study on nearly 700 women showed that the constructs of Intuitive Eating apply to older and younger women across the lifespan. Notably, body appreciation predicted the ability for women of varied ages to eat intuitively.

This study is a dissertation by Casey L. Augustus-Horvath from Ohio State University, supervised by Tracy Tylka, PhD, who created and validated the Intuitive Eating Scale.

More Resources on Intuitive Eating:

Intuitive Eating Professionals-LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=1806863

Intuitive Eating Resources
http://bit.ly/5pikMR
www.IntuitiveEating.org

Intuitive Eating Skills Training for Health Professionals
http://intuitiveeatingpro.com/

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Published by: Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD on Dec 16, 2009
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A TEST AND EXTENSION OF AN ACCEPTANCE MODEL OF INTUITIVEEATING WITH YOUNGER AND OLDER WOMENDISSERTATIONPresented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy in the GraduateSchool of The Ohio State UniversityByCASEY L. AUGUSTUS-HORVATH, M.A.*****The Ohio State University2008Dissertation Committee:Approved byProfessor Nancy E. Betz, Advisor Professor Tracy L. Tylka, Advisor  _________________________________ Professor Don M. Dell Advisor Graduate Program in Psychology
 
ii ABSTRACTAn acceptance model of intuitive eating has been empirically supported withtraditionally-aged female undergraduates (Avalos & Tylka, 2006). The present studyextends this research by testing its tenets with women aged 18-24 (n=307) and womenaged 25-79 (n=381). Latent variable structural equation modeling (SEM) with multiplegroup analysis was used to test model invariance and evaluate the proposed pathwaysamong this model's core constructs (general unconditional acceptance, body acceptancefrom others, body function, body appreciation, intuitive eating). Findings were consistentfor both groups of women. After controlling for body mass, general unconditionalacceptance (i.e., perceived social support) directly predicted body appreciation by others.Body appreciation by others predicted body function and body appreciation. Bodyfunction, then, predicted body appreciation and intuitive eating. Finally, bodyappreciation predicted intuitive eating for participants of the present study. Analyses alsoindicated model invariance. These results replicated and extend findings of Avalos andTylka (2006), suggesting that the acceptance model extended to women older thantraditionally-aged undergraduates; however, the core constructs may be associated atsomewhat different strengths for older and younger women. 
 
iii Dedicated to my amazing blessings- my family, friends, mentors, and especially myhusband 

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