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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2009 Dec;43(12):1178-84. doi: 10.3109/00048670903279846.

Nutrition knowledge in young women with eating disorders in Australia and Singapore: a pilot study.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service, Coral Tree Family Service, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia. nsoh@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the present study was to compare nutrition knowledge levels in young women with and without an eating disorder (ED) in two countries.

METHOD:

Women with a clinical ED (n = 55) and healthy control women (n = 99) in Australia and Singapore completed a Nutritional Knowledge Questionnaire, acculturation questionnaire and demographics survey. Nutrition knowledge was analysed in terms of clinical status, cultural group, acculturation, socioeconomic status and education level. results: Women with EDs had greater knowledge than controls, but the magnitude of the difference was small. Greater acculturation to Western culture was associated with greater knowledge.

CONCLUSIONS:

The difference in nutrition knowledge between women with and without EDs is unlikely to be of clinical importance. The findings may reflect today's ubiquitous availability of nutrition information.

PMID:
20001418
DOI:
10.3109/00048670903279846
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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