Why Do Only a Minority of Men Report Severe Levels of Eating Disorder Symptomatology, When so Many Report Substantial Body Dissatisfaction? Examination of Exacerbating Factors

Giuseppe Riva, Antonios Dakanalis, C. Alix Timko, Laura Favagrossa, M. Assunta Zanetti, Massimo Clerici

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Abstract

In recent years research employing female samples has indicated that although body dissatisfaction may be necessary for the onset of an eating disorder, it is not sufficient. This study examined body surveillance and difficulties in interpersonal domains (attachment anxiety and social anxiety) as potential moderators of the body dissatisfaction-eating disorder symptomatology relationship amongst Italian college men (N = 359). As expected, all examined variables were found to intensify this relationship such that body dissatisfaction was strongly related to men's eating disorder symptomatology when each moderator was at its highest level (i.e., 1 SD above the mean). Practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-305
Number of pages14
JournalEating Disorders
Volume22
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • article
  • cognition
  • disease exacerbation
  • disease surveillance
  • dult
  • eating disorder
  • female
  • heterosexuality
  • human
  • information processing
  • internal consistency
  • major clinical study
  • male
  • post hoc analysis
  • questionnaire
  • reliability
  • satisfaction
  • self report
  • social phobia
  • symptomatology

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