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Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Apr;40(3):263-70.

Disordered eating related behaviors among Arab schoolgirls in Israel: an epidemiological study.

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Eating Disorders Clinic, Psychiatric Division, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel. latzer@zahav.net.il

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the prevalence of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors among three religious subgroups of Arab schoolgirls in Israel (Moslems, Druze, and Christians).

METHOD:

The sample consisted of 1,131 Arab schoolgirls in Israel, including 922 (81.5%) Moslem, 125 (11.1%) Christian, and 84 (7.4%) Druze adolescents, in the 7-12th grades. The sample was drawn from urban and rural residential settings from all parts of Israel using a clusters sampling method.

RESULTS:

The Christian subgroup had a significantly lower total eating disorder inventory-2 (EDI-2) score than the Druze and Moslem subgroups, which had similar total EDI-2 scores. Significant differences were found between the three religious subgroups in all subscales, except in drive for thinness (DT), bulimia, body dissatisfaction, and asceticism. A total of 154 (13%) Arab schoolgirls scored higher than the cut-off point of >>14 on the EDI-DT subscale.

CONCLUSION:

The results are discussed in light of the differences between the Christian, Druze, and Moslem subgroups and in terms of various aspects of Arab culture in Israel.

PMID:
17167757
DOI:
10.1002/eat.20348
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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