Functional impairment associated with bulimic behaviors in a community sample of men and women

Mond, Jonathan M., and Hay, Phillipa J. (2007) Functional impairment associated with bulimic behaviors in a community sample of men and women. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40 (5). pp. 391-398.

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Abstract

Objective: To examine functional impairment associated with bulimic behaviors in a community sample of men and women.

Method: Binge eating, purging, fasting, extreme weight and shape concerns, and "days-out-of-role" were assessed in a community sample of men (n = 1,290) and women (n = 1,757) aged 15–94 years.

Results: Participants who reported regular eating disorder behaviors had higher levels of functional impairment than those who did not. This was the case for both men and women and for each of the behaviors assessed, although differences between purgers and nonpurgers were not statistically significant. Also in both men and women, participants who reported eating disorder behaviors and weight or shape concerns had higher levels of impairment than those who reported these behaviors in the absence of weight or shape concerns. In multivariate analysis, binge eating, fasting and weight or shape concerns all contributed to the likelihood of impairment in men, whereas only the presence of weight or shape concerns was significantly associated with impairment in women.

Conclusion: Whereas bulimic behaviors are associated with elevated levels of functional impairment in both men and women, weight or shape concerns may be more central to the experience of this impairment in women.

Item ID: 2630
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: bulimia nervosa; functional impairment; weight and shape concerns
ISSN: 1098-108X
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2009 04:29
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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