Supported by Toulouse University Hospital, Association Traumapsy, and Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec.
Topical Section: Development, Pregnancy, and Traumatization
Disordered eating following exposure to television and internet coverage of the March 2011 japan earthquake†
Article first published online: 12 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 7, pages 845–849, November 2012
How to Cite
Rodgers, R. F., Franko, D. L., Brunet, A., Herbert, C. F. and Bui, E. (2012), Disordered eating following exposure to television and internet coverage of the March 2011 japan earthquake. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 845–849. doi: 10.1002/eat.22031
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 12 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 2012
- disaster coverage;
- disordered eating;
To prospectively explore the relationship between exposure to potentially distressing news content and disordered eating.
Within 2 weeks of the March 3, 2011 Japan earthquake, an online survey was conducted among non-Japanese adults in distant countries (N = 698) assessing time spent on TV and the internet watching the news as well as peritraumatic reactions to the news and sleep disturbance. Participants were invited to complete a followup survey two months later [n = 113, mean age (SD) = 38.8 (11.91), 73% female] reporting on eating disorder symptoms.
Exposure to TV and, to a lesser extent, internet coverage of the Japan disaster were associated with disordered eating, in particular dieting and oral control, as measured by the eating attitudes test. Peritraumatic reactions and sleep disturbance displayed specific patterns of association with disordered eating.
Exposure to media coverage of distant disasters may be associated with increased disordered eating. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012;45:845–849)