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Title: Obesity and psychological traits associated with eating disorders among Cypriot adolescents: comparison of 2003 and 2010 cohorts
Authors: Hadjigeorgiou, C.
Tornaritis, M.
Savvas, S.
Solea, A.
Kafatos, A.
Keywords: Psychology
Eating Disorders
Adolescent
Overweight
Body Mass Index
Anthropometry
Issue Date: 2012
Relation: EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (8), 842 - 849, 2012
Language: English
Abstract: Increasing rates of overweight and eating disorders among young people are a concern. The aim of this study was to compare the prevalence of overweight/obesity among Cypriot adolescents between cohorts from 2003 and 2010 and to determine whether body mass index [BMI] was associated with psychological traits linked to eating disorders. Anthropometric measures were done on a representative sample of students aged 10-18 years and the Eating Disorder Inventory-3rd version [EDI-3] and 26-item Eating Attitudes Test [EAT-26] scales were completed by 13-18-year-olds. Mean waist circumference of the 2010 cohort of 10-18-year-olds was 3.6 cm higher in boys and 5.5 cm higher in girls than the 2003 cohort. Mean BMI was higher in 2010 only in the 16-18-year-old age group. More adolescents on the higher end of the weight spectrum had pathological scores on the eating disorder scales. Obesity and maladaptive eating attitudes are common in Cypriot adolescents
Description: 842 - 849
Subject: Obesity
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118544
ISSN: 1020-3397
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