Non-fat–phobic anorexia nervosa in British South Asian adolescents
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2005
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 161–165, March 2005
How to Cite
Tareen, A., Hodes, M. and Rangel, L. (2005), Non-fat–phobic anorexia nervosa in British South Asian adolescents. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 37: 161–165. doi: 10.1002/eat.20080
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2005
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAR 2004
- fat phobia;
- anorexia nervosa;
- British South Asians
The current study investigated the clinical features of British South Asian adolescent females presenting with low weight in the absence of organic disease.
The authors performed a retrospective case note study of South Asian British female adolescents presenting with weight loss/anorexia nervosa to psychiatric clinics and matched White English peers presenting with low weight.
South Asian patients presented more frequently with loss of appetite (p = .01) and less frequently with fat phobia (p = .032) and weight preoccupation (p = .001). South Asians also had significantly more satisfactory relationships with their nuclear family and peers (p = .03).
Differing symptom profiles for anorexia nervosa need to be taken into account when assessing patients from different cultures. South Asian adolescents may present with a non–fat-phobic form of anorexia nervosa. This has clinical and epidemiologic implications. Further investigation is warranted to assess the nosologic status of this group. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.