Disordered eating related behaviors among Arab schoolgirls in Israel: An epidemiological study
Article first published online: 13 DEC 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 263–270, April 2007
How to Cite
Latzer, Y., Tzischinsky, O. and Azaiza, F. (2007), Disordered eating related behaviors among Arab schoolgirls in Israel: An epidemiological study. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: 263–270. doi: 10.1002/eat.20348
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 13 DEC 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 JUL 2006
- Arabs in Israel;
- disordered eating behavior;
To examine the prevalence of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors among three religious subgroups of Arab schoolgirls in Israel (Moslems, Druze, and Christians).
The sample consisted of 1,131 Arab schoolgirls in Israel, including 922 (81.5%) Moslem, 125 (11.1%) Christian, and 84 (7.4%) Druze adolescents, in the 7–12th grades. The sample was drawn from urban and rural residential settings from all parts of Israel using a clusters sampling method.
The Christian subgroup had a significantly lower total eating disorder inventory-2 (EDI-2) score than the Druze and Moslem subgroups, which had similar total EDI-2 scores. Significant differences were found between the three religious subgroups in all subscales, except in drive for thinness (DT), bulimia, body dissatisfaction, and asceticism. A total of 154 (13%) Arab schoolgirls scored higher than the cut-off point of ≫14 on the EDI-DT subscale.
The results are discussed in light of the differences between the Christian, Druze, and Moslem subgroups and in terms of various aspects of Arab culture in Israel. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2007