What is it about?

The prevalence of both the disordered eating and eating disorders among adolescents has steadily increased during the past 50 years. Disordered eating behavior is defined as a wide range of irregular eating habits like, excessive dieting, fasting, and binging that may lead to a number of health problems, such as anemia, deteriorating bone health, dental caries, under- nutrition and over-nutrition. Once eating eating behavior depends on many factors.

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Why is it important?

The cultural context of body image in India has changed in the past few years (Srinivasan et al., 1998). A shift towards the concept of thin body image is occurring among the urban adolescent girls, as an outcome of mass media exposure. A large section of the girls is involved in attaining thin body image which at times develops dissatisfaction over body weight. Body weight dissatisfaction gives rise to the development of body weight concerns and disordered eating behavior. Among the adolescents unhealthy eating behavior may induce increased risk of eating disorders during later period of life. So this issue is very important


It is a great pleasure to write this article as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article contributes its importance in Public Health .

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This page is a summary of: Association of socio-culture factors with disordered eating behavior: An empirical study on urban young girls of West Bengal, India, Anthropological Review, December 2018, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.2478/anre-2018-0032.
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