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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-42

A comparison of eating disorder patients in India and Australia

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney; Department of Psychiatry, Northside Clinic, Greenwich, NSW 2065, Australia
2 Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Max Healthcare, Saket, New Delhi, India

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Prof. Suzanne Abraham
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney, Building 52, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW 2065
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.148516

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Background: Eating disorders (EDs) are an emerging concern in India. There are few studies comparing clinical samples in western and nonwestern settings. Aim: The aim was to compare females aged 16-26 years being treated for an ED in India (outpatients n = 30) and Australia (outpatients n = 30, inpatients n = 30). Materials and Methods: Samples were matched by age and body mass index, and had similar diagnostic profiles. Demographic information and history of eating and exercise problems were assessed. All patients completed the quality-of-life for EDs (QOL EDs) questionnaire. Results: Indians felt they overate and binge ate more often than Australians; frequencies of food restriction, vomiting, and laxative use were similar. Indians were less aware of ED feelings, such as, "fear of losing control over food or eating" and "being preoccupied with food, eating or their body." Indians felt eating and exercise had less impact on their relationships and social life but more impact on their medical health. No differences were found in the global quality-of-life, body weight, eating behaviors, psychological feelings, and exercise subscores for the three groups. Conclusion: Indian and Australian patients are similar but may differ in preoccupation and control of their ED-related feelings.



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