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Anorexic readiness in girls and young women

Wioleta Chytra-Gędek, Anna Kobierecka
Psychiatria 2008;5(1):7-12.

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Vol 5, No 1 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-03-12

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Introduction. The inspiration to start research about anorexia readiness were reports about the increase of anorexia nervosa rate among young people, especially girls. In some cases, due to presenting incomplete syndromes, there is observed anorexic readiness rather than fully symptomatical anorexia nervosa. Anorexic readiness is understood as a predisposition to control quantity and quality of food, tendency to losing weight, conviction about social lust of women slimness and fear of putting on weight. The aim of research was to find an answer to a question how common is anorectic readiness in girls and young women.
Material and methods. 92 females aged 14–26 (coming from Kujawsko-Pomorskie province) were examined using a questionnaire constructed by authors. Statistic analysis showed that the questionnaire has satisfying psychometric features.
Results. 6,5% females presented symptoms of anorexic readiness. It occured that anorexic readiness appeared mostly in the dimension of attributing highly value to body slimness and - a little less - in dimension of concentration on body shape and its weight. It was significant that the younger females, the more they concentrate on their body and avoid putting on weight using laxatives.
Conclusions. The results confirmed the significant impact of culture and society on eating disorders and decrease in age of people who strive for low weight and slim body.
Psychiatry 2008; 5: 7-12

Abstract


Introduction. The inspiration to start research about anorexia readiness were reports about the increase of anorexia nervosa rate among young people, especially girls. In some cases, due to presenting incomplete syndromes, there is observed anorexic readiness rather than fully symptomatical anorexia nervosa. Anorexic readiness is understood as a predisposition to control quantity and quality of food, tendency to losing weight, conviction about social lust of women slimness and fear of putting on weight. The aim of research was to find an answer to a question how common is anorectic readiness in girls and young women.
Material and methods. 92 females aged 14–26 (coming from Kujawsko-Pomorskie province) were examined using a questionnaire constructed by authors. Statistic analysis showed that the questionnaire has satisfying psychometric features.
Results. 6,5% females presented symptoms of anorexic readiness. It occured that anorexic readiness appeared mostly in the dimension of attributing highly value to body slimness and - a little less - in dimension of concentration on body shape and its weight. It was significant that the younger females, the more they concentrate on their body and avoid putting on weight using laxatives.
Conclusions. The results confirmed the significant impact of culture and society on eating disorders and decrease in age of people who strive for low weight and slim body.
Psychiatry 2008; 5: 7-12
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Keywords

anorexic readiness; epidemiology

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Title

Anorexic readiness in girls and young women

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 5, No 1 (2008)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

7-12

Published online

2008-03-12

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2008;5(1):7-12.

Keywords

anorexic readiness
epidemiology

Authors

Wioleta Chytra-Gędek
Anna Kobierecka

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