Eating-disordered behavior in Australian and Singaporean women

A comparative study

Jonathan M. Mond, Anna Chen, Rajeev Kumar

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    Abstract

    Objective and Method We used the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) to compare the specific eating disorder psychopathology of young adult women in Australia (n = 339) and Singapore (n = 164). All participants completed a brief questionnaire that included the EDE-Q, basic socio-demographic information, and self-reported height and weight. Results Overall levels of eating disorder psychopathology, as measured by the EDE-Q global score, were very similar. There were also no differences between groups on the EDE-Q subscales. However, analysis at the item level indicated that Singaporean women were more fearful of losing control over their eating, more fearful of gaining weight or becoming fat, and more anxious at the prospect of regularly weighing themselves, than Australian women. Singaporean women were also more likely to report binge eating and laxative misuse, whereas excessive exercise was more common among Australian women. The findings were unaltered when between-group differences in body weight were statistically controlled. Discussion The findings provide further evidence that levels of eating disorder psychopathology in some Asian countries may be as high as, if not higher than, those of Western nations. Potentially important differences between different cultural groups may be obscured when the assessment of eating disorder psychopathology is confined to summary-type measures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)717-723
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume43
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • eating disorder examination questionnaire
    • eating disorder psychopathology
    • Singapore

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