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Sex differences in psychosocial impairment associated with eating-disordered behavior: What if there aren't any?


Bentley, C and Mond, J and Rodgers, B, Sex differences in psychosocial impairment associated with eating-disordered behavior: What if there aren't any?, Eating behaviors, 15, (4) pp. 609-614. ISSN 1471-0153 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.08.015


Objective: We sought to test the hypothesis that eating-disordered behavior (EDB) is associated with comparable levels of impairment in psychosocial functioning in men and women.

Method: Postal questionnaires that assessed EDB (binge eating, purging, extreme dietary restriction, excessive exercise and weight/shape overvaluation) and psychosocial impairment (general psychological distress, life satisfaction and social support) were completed by a general population sample of men (n = 957) and women (n = 1899).

Results: Binge eating, purging and overvaluation were associated with comparable levels of psychosocial impairment for both men and women and this was the case for each of the three measures of psychosocial functioning employed. Extreme dietary restriction was associated with greater psychosocial impairment in women than in men, whereas excessive exercise was not associated with psychosocial impairment in either women or men.

Conclusions: There appear to be few differences between men and women in terms of psychosocial impairment associated with EDB. It may no longer be appropriate to base the development of eating disorder prevention programs on the premise that EDB is primarily a problem of women. Health professionals may be more likely to see more men with EDB in their practices in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eating-disordered behaviour, Psychosocial functioning, Prevention
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117587
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-20
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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