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Am J Psychiatry. 1998 Feb;155(2):250-4.

Eating attitudes and behaviors in 1,435 South African Caucasian and non-Caucasian college students.

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Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to examine the presence and severity of eating disorder pathology in students representing South Africa's ethnically and culturally diverse population.

METHOD:

A questionnaire survey, which involved the Eating Attitude Test and the Bulimic Investigatory Test, was administered to 1,435 South African college students (739 Caucasian and 696 non-Caucasian) from six universities in two urban centers.

RESULTS:

Black students scored significantly higher than the other ethnic groups on these measures. In addition, a comparable percentage of black and Caucasian female students had scores within the clinical range on these scales. Male students scored consistently lower than female students.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study's findings challenge the notion that eating disorders are primarily a Western, Caucasian phenomenon and raise the possibility that the risk of eating disorders may increase in developing societies.

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PMID:
9464206
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.155.2.250
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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