Preoccupation with weight and disordered eating behaviors of entering students at a University in Lebanon
Article first published online: 14 MAY 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 52–57, July 2002
How to Cite
Afifi-Soweid, R. A., Najem Kteily, M. B. and Shediac-Rizkallah, M. C. (2002), Preoccupation with weight and disordered eating behaviors of entering students at a University in Lebanon. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 32: 52–57. doi: 10.1002/eat.10037
- Issue published online: 14 MAY 2002
- Article first published online: 14 MAY 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 MAY 2001
- The University Research Board, American University of Beirut
- The Middle East Research Awards Program in Population and Development coordinated by The Population Council
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.
Data was collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Comparisons were made by gender, mother's education, and body mass index (BMI).
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.
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.