Quality of life and bulimic eating disorder behaviors: Findings from a community-based sample
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 434–442, May 2003
How to Cite
Hay, P. (2003), Quality of life and bulimic eating disorder behaviors: Findings from a community-based sample. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 33: 434–442. doi: 10.1002/eat.10162
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2003
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 MAY 2002
- binge eating;
- extreme weight control behaviors;
- quality of life;
- general population survey
The aims were to test relationships between bulimic eating disorder behaviors, and measures of quality of life, and to replicate previous findings with respect to their prevalence and distribution in a representative sample.
Data were obtained from 3010 interviews of a randomly selected sample of 4400 adult households. Quality of life was assessed with the SF-36 Health Status Measure and the Australian Quality of Life Survey.
Eating disorder behaviors were associated with significantly lower quality of life scores. On MANOVA, regular current binge eating explained 23% (p < 0.001) of the variance in SF-36 physical and mental health component scores, and extreme weight control behaviors explained 5% (p = 0.001). The main findings of the former South Australian survey were replicated. The mean duration of behaviors since onset was 6.6 (SD, 9.2; median 3) years.
Eating disorder behaviors were associated with poorer quality of life and were often chronic. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 33: 434–442, 2003.