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Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2008 Sep;16(5):375-85.

Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of eating disorder endorsements among adolescents and young adults from China.

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Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

Abstract

This research assessed the prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of eating disorder symptoms among young people from China. A sample of 1320 females and 783 males between 12 and 22 years of age was recruited from academic settings in various regions of China and completed a back-translated Chinese version of the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Scale, as well as measures of body dissatisfaction and demographics. As expected, reported eating disorder symptoms and body dissatisfaction were significantly higher for females than males. Eating disorder symptoms and body dissatisfaction were also more pronounced for participants from higher income households. Finally, age differences in symptoms and body dissatisfaction were inconsistent. In sum, findings extend past prevalence research and highlight specific sociodemographic correlates of eating pathology and body dissatisfaction among Chinese adolescents and young adults.

PMID:
17960779
DOI:
10.1002/erv.837
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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