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[Eating behavior disorders. Prevalence and clinical features in adolescents in the city of Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela]

Evelyn Quintero-Párraga, Ana Cristina Pérez-Montiel, Cecilia Montiel-Nava, Dexy Pirela, María Fernanda Acosta, Ninoska Pineda
Investigación Clínica 2003, 44 (3): 179-93
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The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence and clinical characterization related to eating disorders in adolescents from both sexes. In order to do so, the diagnostic criteria and psychological symptoms described by the DSM-IV were used. The sample for this study was constituted by 1,363 adolescents, taken from a population of 23,831 students, who were randomly selected. The sample was stratified taking into account whether they came from a public or a private school and the school levels (middle and high school). The A.B.A checklist was administered to the subjects. This checklist was designed to identify the symptoms that characterize each of the disorders that are the main focus of this study, using DSM-IV criteria. Results from this study show a prevalence of 0% for anorexia nervosa, 1.58% for bulimia nervosa, and .66% for binge eating disorder. Clinical characterization and psychological symptoms related to these disorders show distinguishing features that give distinctive traits to the subjects of this study.

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