Sex differences in health-related quality of life impairment associated with eating disorder features: a general population study

Mitchison, Deborah, Mond, Jonathan, Slewa-Younan, Shameran, and Hay, Phillipa (2013) Sex differences in health-related quality of life impairment associated with eating disorder features: a general population study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46 (4). pp. 375-380.

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Abstract

Objective: To determine sex differences in the prevalence and impact of specific eating disorder features on health-related quality of life (HRQoL).

Method: A general population sample of men (n = 1,479) and women (n = 1,555) completed interviews that assessed HRQoL (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form, SF-36), and current regular occurrence of binge eating, extreme dietary restriction, purging, and overevaluation of weight or shape.

Results: Men constituted a substantial minority (2341%) of participants reporting eating disorder features. Objective binge eating had a greater impact on mental health impairment in men versus women, whereas the overevaluation of weight or shape had a greater impact on general and mental health impairment in women compared with men.

Discussion: Eating disorder features that impact on HRQoL are now common in men; however, the impact of specific features may differ between sexes.

Item ID: 32977
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: eating disorders, quality of life, sex, gender, binge eating, purging, dieting, community-based sample, weight and shape concerns
ISSN: 0276-3478
Funders: James Cook University, University of Western Sydney
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 09:52
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920411 Nutrition @ 30%
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