KNOW ABOUT DIETING SUPPORT AND OUTCOMES HEALTHY DIETING
Although women who were doing more healthy dieting reported that their partners were providing more frequent weight-loss related support, these women did not report that their partners were more helpful in their weight-loss efforts as was expected. Healthy dieting. Although very little research has looked at the role of weight-loss support in everyday dieting efforts, the beneficial effect of inclusion of spouses in weight-loss treatment programs suggests that intimate partners are effective in increasing dieting efforts. Consistently, in this study women who reported that their partners were providing more frequent weight-loss related support were doing more healthy dieting. This novel finding suggests the importance of partner input in maintaining dieting attempts after weight-loss treatment programs. This indicates that weight-loss support behaviours which are perceived as helpful by dieting women do not ultimately result in greater use of healthy dieting behaviours. Eating disordered attitudes and unhealthy dieting. Results generally indicated as predicted that women’s use of unhealthy dieting methods was not related to weight-loss support perceptions. Further, women who had more dysfunctional attitudes towards eating and their bodies actually perceived their partners were providing less weight-loss support. Interestingly, not only do the dieting techniques likely affect how much or little support partners are willing to provide, but partner support also appears to influence dieting behaviours.
For women with high self-esteem, perceiving their partner as providing less frequent and helpful weight-loss support was not related to higher levels of unhealthy dieting. For women with low self-esteem, in contrast, perceiving partners as providing less weight-loss support was significantly related to doing more unhealthy dieting. Against predictions, self-esteem did not moderate the link between male report of support frequency and female level of unhealthy dieting as had been the case with female report of support frequency.