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Eat Weight Disord. 2004 Sep;9(3):163-9.

Bulimia symptoms and risk factors in university students.

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Department of Health Psychology and Social Psychology, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona,Spain.


We proposed a model for bulimic symptoms in a sample of 153 female university students attending the Faculty of Psychology, and determined the extent to which such symptoms could be explained by these variables. The following variables were measured during class time: the effects of aesthetic body modelling, the impact of teasing about weight and other aspects of physical appearance, body dissatisfaction, dieting severity, bulimic symptomatology, depression and self-esteem. The data underwent Lisrel analysis. The final model was similar to that initially proposed. The most important variables in emergent bulimic symptoms were the perceived pressure of aesthetic body modelling, teasing about weight, body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, depression and dieting. All of these play a role in eating disorder symptomatology through various pathways.

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