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Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Dec;47(8):898-900. doi: 10.1002/eat.22256. Epub 2014 Feb 19.

Risk of disordered eating attitudes among male adolescents in five Emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

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Arab Centre for Nutrition, Bahrain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to highlight the prevalence of disordered eating attitudes among male adolescents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

METHOD:

A multistage stratified sampling method was used to select 731 male students aged 15-18 years from five Emirates of the UAE. The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) was used to determine the prevalence of disordered eating attitudes in students.

RESULTS:

The findings revealed that the proportion of disordered eating attitudes in the UAE was relatively high compared with many developing and developed countries and ranged from 33.1% to 49.1%. Moreover, students living in the Emirates of Dubai and Al-Fujairah have double the risk of having disordered eating attitudes compared with students living in the other Emirates.

DISCUSSION:

The results suggest the need for screening adolescents for eating disorders, as well as for increased awareness and understanding of eating disorders and their associated risk factors in all male adolescents in the UAE.

KEYWORDS:

United Arab Emirates; adolescents; eating attitudes

PMID:
24554624
DOI:
10.1002/eat.22256
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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