2004 Volume 9 Issue 3 Pages 211-218
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship with abnormal eating behavior to Body mass index (BMI), a drive for thinness and body-image dissatisfaction in female university students. The subjects were 698 female students (mean age : 20.02±2.43 years). Measures included demographic data, Body-Image Scale (BIS), and Eating Attitude Tests-26 (EAT-26). According to the classification by BMI, 130 subjects (18.9%) were thin, 534 subjects (77.5%) were normal and 25 subjects (3.6%) were obese. There were some subjects with abnormal eating behavior (over 20 in EAT-26 score) in every sub group. Based on the factor analysis, six factors were extracted, which included the food-intake control, the obsession with food, the fear of obesity, the evaluation to food-intake and body by others, vomiting behavior and the food-intake patterns. The results of t-test on EAT-26 factor scores among BMI subgroups indicated that obese group had higher scores on the food-intake control, the obsession with food and the fear of obesity. Based on the results of t-test on EAT-26 factor scores among subgroups by BIS, the high BIS subgroup had higher scores of the food-intake control, the obsession with food, the fear of obesity and vomiting behavior. These findings suggest the further studies should include the psychological factors of abnormal eating behavior such as body-image dissatisfaction.