Eating disorders are 2.3-fold higher among Muslim adolescents than among their Christian classmates, a University of Granada study has found.
The study also found that body dissatisfaction was 1.8-fold higher in the former group.
Finally, as a general conclusion, an average of one in four adolescents suffers some type of eating disorder, and 15 percent suffers body dissatisfaction.
The sample was taken from a Spanish multicultural city, Ceuta, where different religious groups have co-existed for centuries -Christian, Muslim, Jews, and where about 30 percent of the total population is Muslim.
The goal of this study was to assess the incidence of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction in a non-clinical sample of adolescents belonging to different religious groups, and assess the relationship between religious affiliation and health disorders.