Determinants of Disordered Eating Behaviors among Israeli Adolescent Girls

Dorit Nitzan, Barnabas Natamba, Rebecca Goldsmith, Tal Shimony, Elliot Berry

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Eating behaviors were assessed by a modified SCOFF questionnaire in a National representative cross-sectional study among 2978 Israeli schoolgirls. The mean age was 14.7. Thirty percent met the criteria for disordered eating. Being Jewish or underweight reduced the odds for disordered eating. The following increased the risk: dieting, early onset of menarche, being overweight or obese, and suffering from constipation. School socio-economic status, physical activity, and smoking status were not contributory. These results help identify possible interventions to prevent the development of disordered eating behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-159
Number of pages14
JournalEating Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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