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Temas em Psicologia

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FORTES, Leonardo de Sousa; AMARAL, Ana Carolina Soares  and  FERREIRA, Maria Elisa Caputo. Inappropriate eating behavior of adolescents in Juiz de Fora. Temas psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.21, n.2, pp. 403-410. ISSN 1413-389X.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the eating behaviors of female adolescents in Juiz de Fora/MG, comparing them selves according to state nutritional. Participants 249 adolescents aged between 10 and 15 years. We used the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) to evaluate the inadequate eating behavior. We measured body weight and height to calculate the body mass index (BMI). Nutritional status was obtained by points BMI cutoff. Multivariate covariance analysis was conducted to compare the three factors of the EAT-26 according to nutritional status. The results showed significant differences in the subscales Bulimia and concern with food and Diet (p < .05) according to nutritional status. It was concluded that eating behavior was different between groups nutritional status.

Keywords : Eating behavior; adolescents; eating disorders.

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