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Published online: 2006-11-02
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The eating styles in girls suffering from anorexia and their mothers

Katarzyna Nowakowska, Alina Borkowska
Psychiatria 2006;3(3):133-137.

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Vol 3, No 3 (2006)
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Published online: 2006-11-02

Abstract

Introduction. Anorexia nervosa is a complex disease with multifactor etiology. The eating styles of anorectic patients are completely different, from eating styles of healthy subjects. Most of data show abnormalities concerning the perception of the role of eating both in anorectic patients and their families.
The aim of this study was to assess the eating styles in girls suffering from anorexia nervosa and their mothers, and to compare them with the eating styles of healthy girls and their mothers.
Material and methods. The experimental group consisted of 30 girls with anorexia, aged 13-20 (mean 17) years. The diagnosis was made using the DSM-IV criteria. The body mass index (BMI) was 17-17 (mean 16). The second group consisted of 30 mothers of anorectic girls, aged 36–60 (mean 47) years. The control group for anorectic patients consisted of 30 healthy girls, aged 14–19 (mean 17) years. The control group of patients’ mothers consisted of 30 mothers of healthy girls, aged 36–60 (mean 44) years. The questionnaire "My Eating Styles" was used to evaluate the eating styles.
Results. In girls with anorexia nervosa, compared to healthy girls diet restrictions were significantly more frequently observed. In this group eating was connected with negative emotions, while in healthy subject it was connected with positive emotions. Eating styles of mothers of the girls with anorexia differed in the tendency to habitual overeating compared to healthy control mothers.

Abstract

Introduction. Anorexia nervosa is a complex disease with multifactor etiology. The eating styles of anorectic patients are completely different, from eating styles of healthy subjects. Most of data show abnormalities concerning the perception of the role of eating both in anorectic patients and their families.
The aim of this study was to assess the eating styles in girls suffering from anorexia nervosa and their mothers, and to compare them with the eating styles of healthy girls and their mothers.
Material and methods. The experimental group consisted of 30 girls with anorexia, aged 13-20 (mean 17) years. The diagnosis was made using the DSM-IV criteria. The body mass index (BMI) was 17-17 (mean 16). The second group consisted of 30 mothers of anorectic girls, aged 36–60 (mean 47) years. The control group for anorectic patients consisted of 30 healthy girls, aged 14–19 (mean 17) years. The control group of patients’ mothers consisted of 30 mothers of healthy girls, aged 36–60 (mean 44) years. The questionnaire "My Eating Styles" was used to evaluate the eating styles.
Results. In girls with anorexia nervosa, compared to healthy girls diet restrictions were significantly more frequently observed. In this group eating was connected with negative emotions, while in healthy subject it was connected with positive emotions. Eating styles of mothers of the girls with anorexia differed in the tendency to habitual overeating compared to healthy control mothers.
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Keywords

anorexia; eating styles; diet restrictions; family studies; psychological assessment

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Title

The eating styles in girls suffering from anorexia and their mothers

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 3, No 3 (2006)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

133-137

Published online

2006-11-02

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2006;3(3):133-137.

Keywords

anorexia
eating styles
diet restrictions
family studies
psychological assessment

Authors

Katarzyna Nowakowska
Alina Borkowska

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