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Int J Eat Disord. 1996 Nov;20(3):321-4.

Validity of the Arabic version of the Eating Attitude Test.

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  • 1College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.



To assess the validity of the Eating Attitude Test (EAT-26) in Arabic as a screening instrument in nonclinical populations.


A representative sample of Grade 7-12 female students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was selected randomly but proportional to various social classes. The girls were independently assessed by the EAT-26 and a structured clinical interview.


One hundred twenty-nine subjects were included. Twenty-five were identified by EAT-26 as having abnormal eating attitudes. One case was identified as anorexia nervosa by the interview and no cases of bulimia were found.


EAT-26 was found to be highly sensitive and reasonably specific. Like some other studies in non-Western populations, it yielded a high false positive rate and a low positive predictive value. Because of its low cost and practicality, EAT-26 might be a useful tool in screening large populations for eating disorders.

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