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Eating Disorders Double in Muslim Teens Than in Christian, Says Study

by Kathy Jones on March 12, 2011 at 9:07 PM
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 Eating Disorders Double in Muslim Teens Than in Christian, Says Study

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.

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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.

Source: ANI
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