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Schewel 208

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Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if educational interventions on eating disorders impacts individuals ability to detect eating disorders in others. This study also examined the eating attitudes of athletes and non athletes. One hundred and thirty three undergraduate college students were randomly assigned to a condition, either receiving education on eating disorders or student athletes. After the educational condition, participants were asked to complete the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT; Garner & Garfinkel,1979). Participants then read a vignette of a student athlete which described an athlete suffering from disordered eating behaviors, participants were then asked questions to determine whether they perceived these behaviors as being consistent with an eating disorder. Results from this study showed no significant difference in the ability to detect the eating disorder between conditions. Regardless of whether they received education on symptoms of eating disorders, participants accurately identified that the athlete was suffering from anorexia nervosa. Results also showed no significant difference in the eating attitudes between athletes and non athletes.

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Alisha Marciano

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Effect of Knowledge on Perception of Others’ Disordered Eating Behavior

Schewel 208

The purpose of this study was to determine if educational interventions on eating disorders impacts individuals ability to detect eating disorders in others. This study also examined the eating attitudes of athletes and non athletes. One hundred and thirty three undergraduate college students were randomly assigned to a condition, either receiving education on eating disorders or student athletes. After the educational condition, participants were asked to complete the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT; Garner & Garfinkel,1979). Participants then read a vignette of a student athlete which described an athlete suffering from disordered eating behaviors, participants were then asked questions to determine whether they perceived these behaviors as being consistent with an eating disorder. Results from this study showed no significant difference in the ability to detect the eating disorder between conditions. Regardless of whether they received education on symptoms of eating disorders, participants accurately identified that the athlete was suffering from anorexia nervosa. Results also showed no significant difference in the eating attitudes between athletes and non athletes.