Thursday, March 10, 2011
Study finds more eating disorders in Muslim girls
Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have been looking into the prevalence of eating disorders in different cultures. They studied 494 students aged between 12 and 20 from the town of Cueta where 30% of the population is Muslim. They found that the incidence of eating disorders was 2.3x higher among the Muslim youngsters and body dissatisfaction was 80% greater. Overall the study found that one in four of the youngsters had some kind of eating problem and that 15% of them suffered from body dissatisfaction.