Low social interactions in eating disorder patients in childhood and adulthood: A multi-centre European case control study

Isabel Krug, Eva Penelo, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda, Marija Anderluh, Laura Bellodi, Elena Cellini, Milena Di Bernardo, Roser Granero, Andreas Karwautz, Benedetta Nacmias, Valdo Ricca, Sandro Sorbi, Kate Tchanturia, Gudrun Wagner, David Collier, Janet Treasure

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Abstract

The objective of this article was to examine lifestyle behaviours in eating disorder (ED) patients and healthy controls. A total of 801 ED patients and 727 healthy controls from five European countries completed the questions related to lifestyle behaviours of the Cross-Cultural Questionnaire (CCQ). For children, the ED sample exhibited more solitary activities (rigorously doing homework [p<0.001] and watching TV [p<0.05] and less socializing with friends [p<0.05]) than the healthy control group and this continued in adulthood. There were minimal differences across ED sub-diagnoses and various cross-cultural differences emerged. Reduced social activities may be an important risk and maintaining factor for ED symptomatology. © 2012 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • EDNOS
  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • cultural differences
  • eating disorders
  • lifestyle behaviours
  • low social interactions

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