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Int J Eat Disord. 2000 Sep;28(2):242-6.

Some correlates of dieting behavior in Saudi schoolgirls.

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Division of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. asubaie@ksu.edu.sa

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The study examines the correlates of dieting behavior among Saudi schoolgirls.

METHODS:

Stratified cluster sampling was used to select female students from Grades 7 to 11 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Subjects completed a sociodemographic data sheet and the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI); their heights and weights were measured by a trained nurse. The total sample size was 1,271 students with a response rate of 92.76%.

RESULTS:

15.9% scored positively on the EDI-Drive for Thinness subscale. Body mass index, speaking a Western language, and having lived in a Western country were the most significant personal factors associated with dieting behavior. Small family size and higher parental education and better occupation were significant family factors associated with dieting.

DISCUSSION:

Results reflect some culture-specific findings that are explained in cultural terms.

PMID:
10897089
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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