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[THE INVESTIGATION OF THE FREQUENCY OF BODY BUILDING AND THE PREVENTIVE FACTORS OF EATING DISORDERS IN YOUNG MALES]

LUKÁCS Liza, TÚRY Ferenc, ARGALÁSZ Attila, MURÁNYI István

MARCH 21, 2006

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2006;16(03)

[INTRODUCTION - The risk of eating disorders is higher among young women where a slim body ideal dominates. In contrast, the male body ideal is based on the athletic type. The aim of the present study was to assess the relevance of the athletic ideal as a risk factor in certain professional subcultures of young men with respect to intensive workout and body dissatisfaction. These can be important risk factors of muscle dysmorphia in certain populations. METHOD - Body and eating attitudes, as well as workout habits of 1232 military and “general” college male students were studied using questionnaires. The Eating Disorder Inventory was used for all subjects, and general demographic data and information on their bodybuilding practice were also obtained. RESULTS - General college students had a significantly higher mean body mass index than military students (23.9 vs. 23.5 kg/m2). The prevalence of those engaged in bodybuilding was surprisingly high among the military students (64.5%). Comparisons between and within groups also showed significantly different scores on several subscales of the Eating Disorder Inventory. CONCLUSION - The findings suggest that male military college students tend to have protective factors against the psychopathological features of eating disorders.]

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