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Self-recognition of disordered eating among women with bulimic-type eating disorders: A community-based study


Mond, J and Hay, P and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Self-recognition of disordered eating among women with bulimic-type eating disorders: A community-based study, The International journal of eating disorders, 39, (8) pp. 747-753. ISSN 0276-3478 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2006 Wiley Periodicals

DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20306


Objective: Self-recognition of eatingdisordered behavior was examined in a community sample of young adult women (n 158) with bulimic eating disorders.

Method: A vignette was presented describing a fictional person meeting diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa. Participants were asked whether they might currently have a problem such as the one described. Scores on measures of eating disorder psychopathology, functional impairment and general psychological distress were compared between participants who recognized a problem with their eating and those who did not.

Results: Participants who recognized a problem with their eating (n 86, 51.9%) had higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology and general psychological distress, were more likely to engage in selfinduced vomiting, and tended to be heavier, than those who did not (n 72, 48.1%). In addition, participants who recognized a problem were more likely to have received treatment for an eating or weight problem. In multivariate analysis, the occurrence of self-induced vomiting and higher body weight were the only variables significantly associated with recognition.

Conclusion: Poor recognition of eating-disordered behavior may be conducive to low or inappropriate treatment seeking among individuals with bulimictype eating disorders. The perception that only disorders involving self-induced vomiting are pathological may need to be addressed in prevention programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eating disorders, Mental health literacy, Recognition
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:117973
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-09-18

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