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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.

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Intuitive Eating Skills Training for Health Professionals
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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
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 latent variable SEM multiple group analysis was also run in order to determine

whether the factor structure identified in the structural model of Figure 1 would fit data

from the older and younger groups equally well. This multiple group analysis of model

invariance compared the fit of the model factor structure across the two age groups;

thereby garnering evidence as to whether the seven structural pathways illustrated in

Figure 1 differed significantly between older and younger participants. In the first, less-

restrictive multiple group analysis, the values of the structural paths were allowed to vary

the structural paths. In other words, the values of the structural paths were not fixed to be

equivalent so as to potentially suggest different structural paths for the two groups. In the

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second, more restrictive multiple group analysis, the structural paths were constrained to

be invariant, meaning that the values of the structural paths were fixed to be equal for

both groups. During both analyses, factor loadings were held invariant between the two

groups so that constructs would be measured similarly for the older and younger groups.

The test of the first, less-restrictive model in which the structural paths are not

fixed to be equivalent (i.e., are allowed to vary) revealed that the model provided an

adequate (RMSEA=.07, SRMR=.06) to excellent (χ2

/df =2.55, CFI=.97, TLI=.96) fit to

the data. The test of the second, more restrictive model in which the structural paths are

constrained to be equivalent suggested that the model did not provide an adequate fit to

the data (χ2

/df =8.05, SRMR =.31, RMSEA=.14, CFI= .84, TLI=.82) to fit to the data.

Further, results indicated that the less restrictive model provided a significantly better fit

to the data than the restricted model, χ2

difference (23, N= 688) = 54.99, p<.01. These results

provide evidence to suggest that model invariance exists in the present study and that the

structural coefficients differ between older and younger women.

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