Disordered eating and religious observance: A focus on ultra-orthodox Jews in an adult community study
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 101–109, January 2012
How to Cite
Feinson, M. C. and Meir, A. (2012), Disordered eating and religious observance: A focus on ultra-orthodox Jews in an adult community study. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 101–109. doi: 10.1002/eat.20895
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 SEP 2010
- The Hadassah Foundation, New York
- Guela Charitable Trust, New York
- disordered eating;
- ultra-orthodox Jews;
- community study;
To broaden the socio-cultural context of eating disturbances by exploring religious observance and its presumed protective role for ultra-Orthodox women.
Detailed telephone interviews with community sample of adult Jewish women in Israel, including 261 ultra-Orthodox. Frequency of 14 symptoms of disordered eating (DEB) assessed. Hierarchical regressions examine predictors of DEB severity within observance categories (ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Traditional, and Secular).
Contrary to expectations, no significant differences were found in the frequency of serious DEB between the most and least religiously observant, ultra-Orthodox, and Secular women. Regressions reveal similar predictors of DEB severity (obesity followed by self-criticism) as well as substantial variations in amount of variance explained.
Apparently, rigorous religious adherence does not protect ultra-Orthodox women from serious eating problems. Additional analyses can inform socio-cultural perspectives by examining the connection between body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in this insular and isolated religious community, whose exposure to secular media is prohibited. © 2011 by Wiley Periodicals,Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)