Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 27
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Bogat, G. Anne von Eye, Alexander and Bergman, Lars R. 2016. Developmental Psychopathology.

    Bulik, Cynthia M. 2016. Towards a science of eating disorders: Replacing myths with realities: The fourth Birgit Olsson lecture. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 70, Issue. 3, p. 224.

    Castellini, Giovanni Lelli, Lorenzo Ricca, Valdo and Maggi, Mario 2016. Sexuality in eating disorders patients: etiological factors, sexual dysfunction and identity issues. A systematic review. Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation, Vol. 25, Issue. 2,

    Culbert, Kristen M. Racine, Sarah E. and Klump, Kelly L. 2016. Sex Differences in the Central Nervous System.

    Le Grange, Daniel 2016. Elusive Etiology of Anorexia Nervosa: Finding Answers in an Integrative Biopsychosocial Approach. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 55, Issue. 1, p. 12.

    Bryant-Waugh, Rachel and Watkins, Beth 2015. Rutter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Corley, Robin P. Beltz, Adriene M. Wadsworth, Sally J. and Berenbaum, Sheri A. 2015. Genetic Influences on Pubertal Development and Links to Behavior Problems. Behavior Genetics, Vol. 45, Issue. 3, p. 294.

    Culbert, Kristen M. Racine, Sarah E. and Klump, Kelly L. 2015. Research Review: What we have learned about the causes of eating disorders - a synthesis of sociocultural, psychological, and biological research. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 56, Issue. 11, p. 1141.

    Lock, James and La Via, Maria C. 2015. Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Eating Disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 54, Issue. 5, p. 412.

    Rojo-Moreno, Luis Iranzo-Tatay, Carmen Gimeno-Clemente, Natalia Barberá-Fons, Maria Antonia Rojo-Bofill, Luis Miguel and Livianos-Aldana, Lorenzo 2015. Influencias genéticas y ambientales en rasgos psicológicos y actitudes alimentarias en una población escolar española. Revista de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental,

    Jappe, Leah M. Cao, Li Crosby, Ross D. Crow, Scott J. Peterson, Carol B. Le Grange, Daniel Engel, Scott G. and Wonderlich, Stephen A. 2014. Stress and eating disorder behavior in anorexia nervosa as a function of menstrual cycle status. International Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 47, Issue. 2, p. 181.

    Slane, Jennifer D. Klump, Kelly L. McGue, Matthew and Iacono, G. 2014. Genetic and Environmental Factors Underlying Comorbid Bulimic Behaviours and Alcohol Use Disorders: A Moderating Role for the Dysregulated Personality Cluster?. European Eating Disorders Review, Vol. 22, Issue. 3, p. 159.

    Suisman, Jessica L. Thompson, J. Kevin Keel, Pamela K. Burt, S. Alexandra Neale, Michael Boker, Steven Sisk, Cheryl and Klump, Kelly L. 2014. Genetic and environmental influences on thin-ideal internalization across puberty and preadolescent, adolescent, and young adult development. International Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 47, Issue. 7, p. 773.

    Walker, Tara Watson, Hunna J. Leach, David J. McCormack, Julie Tobias, Karin Hamilton, Matthew J. and Forbes, David A. 2014. Comparative study of children and adolescents referred for eating disorder treatment at a specialist tertiary setting. International Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 47, Issue. 1, p. 47.

    Klump, Kelly L. 2013. Puberty as a critical risk period for eating disorders: A review of human and animal studies. Hormones and Behavior, Vol. 64, Issue. 2, p. 399.

    Trace, Sara E. Baker, Jessica H. Peñas-Lledó, Eva and Bulik, Cynthia M. 2013. The Genetics of Eating Disorders. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 9, Issue. 1, p. 589.

    Long, Janice M. Mareno, Nicole Shabo, Rebecca and Wilson, Astrid H. 2012. Overweight and obesity among White, Black, and Mexican American children: Implications for when to intervene. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, Vol. 17, Issue. 1, p. 41.

    Marceau, Kristine Neiderhiser, Jenae M. Lichtenstein, Paul and Reiss, David 2012. Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Association Between Pubertal Maturation and Internalizing Symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 41, Issue. 9, p. 1111.

    Watkins, Beth 2011. Eating Disorders and the Brain.

    Klump, Kelly L. Burt, S. Alexandra Spanos, Alexia McGue, Matt Iacono, William G. and Wade, Tracey D. 2010. Age differences in genetic and environmental influences on weight and shape concerns. International Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 43, Issue. 8, p. 679.


Puberty moderates genetic influences on disordered eating

  • DOI:
  • Published online: 05 March 2007

Background. Previous research suggests that genetic influences on disordered eating may be greater in pubertal than pre-pubertal girls. Although these findings are consistent with pubertal activation of genetic influences on disordered eating, earlier studies were unable to directly test this hypothesis. The purpose of the present study therefore was to directly examine this possibility by investigating whether pubertal development moderates genetic influences on disordered eating.

Method. Participants were 510 female adolescent twins from the Minnesota Twin Family Study. Disordered eating was measured with the Total Score of the Minnesota Eating Behavior Survey, while pubertal status was assessed with the Pubertal Development Scale.

Results. Consistent with our hypothesis, model-fitting indicated significant increases in genetic influence on disordered eating with advancing pubertal development.

Conclusions. These findings suggest that puberty influences the expression of genes for disordered eating.

Corresponding author
Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, 107B Psychology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1116, USA. (Email:
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Psychological Medicine
  • ISSN: 0033-2917
  • EISSN: 1469-8978
  • URL: /core/journals/psychological-medicine
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *