The prevalence of eating disorders and weight-control methods among young women: A Hungarian representative study

Irena Szumska, Ferenc Túry, Csilla T. Csoboth, J. Réthelyi, György Purebl, Ágnes Hajnal

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to analyse data concerning 15-24-year-old Hungarian women to estimate the prevalence of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and subclinical eating disorders. A cross-sectional representative survey was conducted among 3615 young women using a self-report questionnaire. The point prevalence of anorexia nervosa was 0.03%, of bulimia nervosa 0.41%, of subclinical anorexia nervosa 1.09% and of subclinical bulimia nervosa 1.48%. Our results show that 6.3% of the sample were 'dieting' daily, 7% exercised daily, 2.7% reported binge eating, and use of laxatives, diet pills and self-induced vomiting at least twice a week was reported by 0.7%, 0.9% and 0.2%, respectively. This study was the first to be conducted on a nationally representative sample of young women in Hungary. The data are also analysed within a cross-cultural perspective, comparing data from other Central-Eastern European and western countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-284
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

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Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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The prevalence of eating disorders and weight-control methods among young women : A Hungarian representative study. / Szumska, Irena; Túry, Ferenc; Csoboth, Csilla T.; Réthelyi, J.; Purebl, György; Hajnal, Ágnes.

In: European Eating Disorders Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, 07.2005, p. 278-284.

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Szumska, Irena ; Túry, Ferenc ; Csoboth, Csilla T. ; Réthelyi, J. ; Purebl, György ; Hajnal, Ágnes. / The prevalence of eating disorders and weight-control methods among young women : A Hungarian representative study. In: European Eating Disorders Review. 2005 ; Vol. 13, No. 4. pp. 278-284.
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