A two-stage epidemiologic study on prevalence of eating disorders in female university students in Mexico
Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and Eating Disorders Association
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 463–470, November/December 2007
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Mancilla-Diaz, J. M., Franco-Paredes, K., Vazquez-Arevalo, R., Lopez-Aguilar, X., Alvarez-Rayon, G. L. and Tellez-Giron, Ma. T. O. (2007), A two-stage epidemiologic study on prevalence of eating disorders in female university students in Mexico. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 15: 463–470. doi: 10.1002/erv.796
- Issue published online: 26 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
- CONACyT. Grant Number: U 40208-H
- eating disorders;
- community sample;
This study investigated the prevalence of eating disorders (ED) in women.
Two samples of university students (1995, n = 522; 2002, n = 880) completed the Eating Attitudes Test and the Bulimia Test (BULIT; Stage 1). During Stage 2, the women that exceeded the cut-off point of one or both questionnaires and a random sample of women that did not exceed the cut-off point were interviewed.
The results showed a prevalence rate of 0.49% for ED in 1995 (0.14% for bulimia nervosa [BN] and 0.35% for EDs not otherwise specified [EDNOS]) and a prevalence rate of ED of 1.15% in 2002 (0.24% for BN and 0.91% for EDNOS). Anorexia nervosa was not found in either of the evaluated periods. Nevertheless, the results must be taken with reservation since there was a high rate of loss to follow-up (second stage).
The data of this study support the findings of other studies, including studies with Spanish-speaking samples, that EDNOS is the most common ED followed by BN and AN. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.