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Eat Behav. 2006 Jan;7(1):53-60. Epub 2005 Aug 1.

Disordered eating attitudes and symptomatology among adolescent girls in the United Arab Emirates.

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain. veapen@uaeu.ac.ae

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To ascertain the prevalence and correlates of disordered eating attitudes and symptomatology in a school-based Arab population.

METHODS:

A representative stratified random sample of 495 adolescent girls completed the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-40) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A randomly selected subgroup from the those who scored above the recommended cut-off of 30 on the EAT-40 and an equal number of those who scored below 30 were interviewed in stage 2 by a psychiatrist, blind to the EAT scores, using the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (KSADS) and DSM-IV criteria for the presence of eating disorders.

RESULTS:

116 girls (23.4%) scored above the recommended cut-off on EAT. High EAT score was associated with age, BMI, internalization of thin ideal and drive for thinness, knowing someone on a weight loss strategy, having a family member with weight-related or mental health problem and watching western TV programs. Using clinical interview of 100 girls in stage 2, half of those who scored above the cut-off on EAT were found to have a propensity for anorexic behavior, while 2% met the criteria for the full clinical syndrome.

CONCLUSIONS:

Thin body preoccupation as well as family and social factors are important in the development of abnormal eating attitudes among adolescents in this Arabian Gulf country.

PMID:
16360623
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2005.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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