Attitudes and knowledge regarding bulimia and anorexia nervosa



The current study investigated general knowledge of the symptoms, causes, and treatment of bulimia and anorexia nervosa, as well as attitudes toward anorexics and bulimics. High school and college students, 15 to 25 years of age, were administered an anonymous questionnaire. Adequate definitions of bulimia and anorexia were provided by 44% and 71% of the subjects, respectively. Females demonstrated more knowledge than did males. Emotional problems were seen as the most likely cause of both disorders, and psychotherapy was considered the most effective treatment. The subjects were more rejecting of an anorexic female, an obese female, and an average weight vomiter than an average weight binger. Over 4 7 % of the males were rejecting of an anorexic, obese, or purger female as a dating partner.