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Keywords:

  • weight;
  • eating;
  • university;
  • Lebanon;
  • BMI;
  • gender

Abstract

Objectives

This research explores the prevalence of preoccupation with weight indicators and disordered eating behaviors among entering university students, and identifies factors associated with these indicators and behaviors.

Method

Data was collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Comparisons were made by gender, mother's education, and body mass index (BMI).

Results

The final sample included 954 students. The indicators held most “often” included a desire to be thinner, and an awareness of caloric content. The behaviors engaged in “most” often included strenuous exercising, and avoiding particular foods. Both indicators and behaviors varied by gender and body mass index.

Discussion

The prevalence of indicators and behaviors is high. Body mass index is a critical variable to consider in the development of interventions. Further research should explore the context surrounding these indicators and behaviors. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 32: 52–57, 2002.