Study on Association between Risk of Eating Disorder and Self-Esteem on Body Image

일부 대학생의 체형 만족 정도와 식사 장애 위험 정도의 관계 연구

  • Nam Hee-Jung (National Cancer Center, Gastric Cancer Center) ;
  • Kim Young-Soon (Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, Korea University)
  • 남희정 (국립암센터 위암센터) ;
  • 김영순 (고려대학교 병설보건대학 식품영양학과)
  • Published : 2005.06.01


This Quantitative study was investigated to examine the relationship between self-esteem on body image and disordered eating patterns in some university students. This study used a cross-sectional study design. Total 347 students participated in this study (88 male and 259 female) among three universities. The assessment of eating disorder was conducted by Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26), a score of >or=20 identified individuals likely have an eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Ideal body weight and current body weight were completed with self-evaluation. A distorted body image was independently related to the eating problem in the Logistic regression analysis. There were stronger relationships between their EAT-26 scores and their expected weight changes and weight control behaviors. Compared with the men, women showed highly wishful to loss for current body weight. In the relationship between score of EAT-26 and BMI distance by sex, levels of eating disorder showed linearly elevated toward increased BMI distance (Ideal BMI-Current BMI) (F-value=18.794, p<0.0001) in women, but there were not significant in men (F-value=2.028, p>0.05). In estimate on state-trait anxiety inventory according to quartile of BMI distance by sex, levels of state-trait anxiety were not significant difference by degree of body dissatisfaction in all sex. In addition, higher distorted body image was significantly increased numbers of weight control method and experience of side effects in female, but there were not showed significant relation between two variables in male.


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