Eating disorder symptoms among adolescents in the United States and Spain: A comparative study

Rosa M. Raich, James C. Rosen, Joan Deus, Olga Pèrez, Antonia Requena, Janet Gross

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    Abstract

    The severity of eating disorder symptoms and interest in weight reduction vary among cultures and nationalities. The present study is the first to directly compare the extent of these problems between two Western nations. Although several reports have emerged from other European countries, this is the first study of eating disorder symptoms among Spanish youth. There were more American girls with bulimia nervosa symptoms; the overall level of eating disorder symptoms was higher among the Americans; and more American girls were interested in losing weight. Bulimia was equally rare among Spanish and American boys, American boys were more interested in changing their weight, and Spanish boys had higher scores on a questionnaire of eating disorder symptoms. Although statistically different, subjects in both countries scored close to the norm on the eating disorder questionnaire. Copyright © 1992 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-72
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992

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