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Help-seeking for body image problems among adolescents with eating disorders: findings from the EveryBODY study

Fatt, SJ, Mond, JM ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X, Bussey, K, Griffiths, S, Murray, SB, Lonergan, A, Hay, P, Trompeter, N and Mitchison, D 2020 , 'Help-seeking for body image problems among adolescents with eating disorders: findings from the EveryBODY study' , Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity, vol. 25, no. 5 , pp. 1267-1275 , doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-019-00759-9.

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Abstract

PurposeLittle is known regarding correlates of help-seeking for a body image problem in adolescents with an eating disorder. This study provides the first population-based investigation of help-seeking correlates among adolescents with an eating disorder.MethodsAustralian adolescents (N = 1002, 75.5% female, mean age = 15.14, SD = 1.40) who met operational diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder completed a survey assessing help-seeking, and potential correlates of help-seeking (sex, age, body mass index, socio-economic status, migrant status, sexuality, eating disorder diagnosis, psychological distress, and quality of life).ResultsOnly 10.1% of participants reported having sought help. Bivariate analyses revealed that increased likelihood of help-seeking was associated with female sex, sexual minority status, being born outside Australia, older age, having a major eating disorder (compared to having an unspecified or other specified feeding or other eating disorder diagnosis), higher psychological distress, and reduced psychological and social functioning. Older age, being born outside of Australia, and having a major eating disorder were significant independent correlates of help-seeking.ConclusionsVery few adolescents with an eating disorder seek help for a body image problem. Promoting early, appropriate help-seeking among those who are younger and/or those with less well-known disorders may be particularly important.Level of EvidenceLevel III, case-control analytic study.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fatt, SJ and Mond, JM and Bussey, K and Griffiths, S and Murray, SB and Lonergan, A and Hay, P and Trompeter, N and Mitchison, D
Keywords: adolescent, body image, eating disorder, help-seeking
Journal or Publication Title: Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity
Publisher: Springer - Verlag Italia Srl
ISSN: 1590-1262
DOI / ID Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-019-00759-9
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