Self-recognition of disordered eating among women with bulimic-type eating disorders: a community-based study
Mond, Jonathan, Hay, Phillipa, Rodgers, Bryan, and Owen, Cathy (2006) Self-recognition of disordered eating among women with bulimic-type eating disorders: a community-based study. International Journal of Eating Disorders , 39 (8). pp. 747-753.
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Objective: Self-recognition of eating-disordered behavior was examined in a community sample of young adult women (n = 158) with bulimic eating disorders.
Method: A vignette was presented describing a fictional person meeting diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa. Participants were asked whether they might currently have a problem such as the one described. Scores on measures of eating disorder psychopathology, functional impairment and general psychological distress were compared between participants who recognized a problem with their eating and those who did not.
Results: Participants who recognized a problem with their eating (n = 86, 51.9%) had higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology and general psychological distress, were more likely to engage in self-induced vomiting, and tended to be heavier, than those who did not (n = 72, 48.1%). In addition, participants who recognized a problem were more likely to have received treatment for an eating or weight problem. In multivariate analysis, the occurrence of self-induced vomiting and higher body weight were the only variables significantly associated with recognition.
Conclusion: Poor recognition of eating-disordered behavior may be conducive to low or inappropriate treatment seeking among individuals with bulimic- type eating disorders. The perception that only disorders involving self-induced vomiting are pathological may need to be addressed in prevention programs.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||bulimia nervosa; eating disorders; mental health literacy; recognition|
|Date Deposited:||13 Nov 2009 03:27|
|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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