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Public Health. 2018 Sep;162:104-110. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.05.024. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

Disordered eating in three different age groups in Cyprus: a comparative cross-sectional study.

Author information

1
Research and Education Institute of Child Health, Cyprus. Electronic address: chadjigeo@gmail.com.
2
Research and Education Institute of Child Health, Cyprus.
3
Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.
4
University of Helsinki, Finland.
5
Gent University, Belgium.
6
Institute of Food Sciences, CNR, Italy.
7
Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology-BIPS, Germany.
8
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Dei Tumori, Italy.
9
Altrecht Eating Disorders Rintveld, Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to evaluate disordered eating behaviours (DEBs) in different age groups in a Cypriot non-clinical population sample.

STUDY DESIGN:

Comparative cross-sectional study.

METHOD:

A total of 1716 participants from the Cyprus component of the I.Family study completed the Eating Attitudes Test-26 (EAT-26). The EAT-26 score ≥20 was used to define participants at risk for DEBs. Participants were divided according to age: adolescence (12-18 years old), young adulthood (25-45 years old) and middle adulthood (46-60 years old).

RESULTS:

Mean EAT-26 total scores were higher for middle adulthood men and women compared with the two younger age groups. Young adulthood women had the highest percentage of behavioural symptoms of DEBs: binge eating (35%) and laxatives/diet pills/diuretics (12%) compared with the other age groups. Men and women in young adulthood had the highest percentage of participants with EAT-26 scores ≥20. In logistic regression analysis, age group did not prove a significant predictor of DEB risk in a model adjusting for sex, body mass index and physical activity.

CONCLUSION:

DEB can present at any age and was not confined to adolescence.

KEYWORDS:

Adulthood; Bulimia and food preoccupation; Dieting; Eating Attitudes Test-26; Oral control

PMID:
30007171
DOI:
10.1016/j.puhe.2018.05.024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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