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[A cross-sectional investigation on eating disorders in 1486 female students from universities, senior high schools and junior high schools in Chengdu].

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Department of Psychiatry, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the prevalence of eating disorders and its correlated factors in female students of universities, senior high schools and junior high schools.

METHODS:

A total of 1486 female students took part in the study. They were sampled by optimum distributing delaminating grouping method, representing the female students in 6 universities and 8 high schools in the 5 urban areas in Chengdu. Participants completed the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI), Body Mass Index-based Silhouette Matching Test (BMI-SMT), Self-rating Depression Scale, Beck Anxiety Inventory and a self-administered questionnaire in the class time. We performed the t test and logistic regression to analysis the data.

RESULTS:

The estimated total prevalence of eating disorders in the female students was 3.32%. 17 years old (7.16%) was the easiest age to develop eating disorders while in senior high school (5.21%) showing the highest prevalence rate. There were differences between the eating disorders tendency group and none eating disorders tendency group in cognitive warp (P = 0.009) and expectation warp (P = 0.000) of BMI-SMT. The related factors of eating disorders were: concerning about the idol at media, non-harmonious parental relationships and being abused in childhood, body dissatisfaction factor of EDI, interoceptive awareness factor of EDI and anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

The total prevalence of female students' eating disorders in Chengdu was high and more attention should be paid to them on their mental health.

PMID:
18843985
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