Monday, July 26, 2010

Eating disorders and perfectionism

Having perfectionist tendencies is a potential risk factor for developing an eating disorder yet only a few studies have been carried out into this. A team of Portuguese researchers investigated this issue further in a study of 997 middle and high-school students. They found that socially-prescribed perfectionism (not saying the wrong thing or making a fool of oneself) was associated with eating disorders in both boys and girls whereas self-oriented perfectionism (getting 100% in tests) was only associated with eating problems in girls.

Bento, C. ... [et al] - Perfectionism and eating behaviour in Portuguese adolescents European Eating Disorders Review,July-August 2010, 18(4), 328-337

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