The association of posttraumatic stress disorder with fast food and soda consumption and unhealthy weight loss behaviors among young women

J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Aug;20(8):1141-9. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2675. Epub 2011 Jul 13.


Objective: This study examines the association of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms with fast food and soda consumption, unhealthy dieting behaviors, and body mass index (BMI) in a group of young women.

Methods: This study was conducted on cross-sectional data gathered from 3181 females 16-24 years of age attending five publicly funded clinics in Texas. The associations among PTSD, fast food consumption frequency, soda consumption frequency, unhealthy dieting behaviors, and BMI were examined using binary and ordinal logistic regression.

Results: PTSD symptoms were associated with an increased frequency of consumption of fast food and soda as well as unhealthy dieting behaviors but not with increased body mass index (BMI).

Conclusions: PTSD symptoms adversely affect both eating and dieting behaviors of young women. These behaviors may have negative long-term consequences for the health of females with PTSD symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Behavioral Symptoms / epidemiology
  • Behavioral Symptoms / etiology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Carbonated Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Community Mental Health Centers / statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Fast Foods / adverse effects*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders* / etiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders* / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic* / complications
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic* / epidemiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic* / psychology
  • Thinness / etiology
  • Thinness / psychology*
  • Weight Loss*
  • Women's Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult