Body Dysfunctioning and Eating Behavior in Working Women

Author: Nasreen Ramzan

Supervisor: Rukhsana Kausar, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


This research was conducted to find out the differences in eating behavior
and body dysfunctioning among working and non-working women. It was
hypothesized that there is a difference between the body dysfunctioning
and eating behavior among working and non-working women and here is
likely to be a relationship between eating behavior and body
dysfunctioning in working and non-working women. Between group
research design was used for the research. A sample of 200 individual
(100 working women and 100 non-working women) was drawn from
different schools and colleges in Lahore. Eating Attitudes Test (Garner,
Olmsted, Bohr & Garfinkel, 1982) and Body Image and Eating
Questionnaire (Thelen, Powell, Lawrence & Kuhnert, 1992) were
used for assessment. Independent sample t-test and pearson product
moment correlation coefficient was used to analyze the data. Significant
differences were found between body dysfunctioning and eating behavior.
Non-working women had more tendencies of unhealthy eating behavior
and body dysfunctioning as compared to the working women. Significant
relationship were found in body dysfunctioning and eating behavior. The
findings have important implication for working and non- working women
and highlight the importance of counseling of women which in turn may
help improve their eating patterns and perception regarding their bodies. It
is essential to support awareness with health professionals and general
people about severe health consequences of unhealthy eating patterns.

Keywords: Body Dysfunctioning, Eating Behavior, Working Women, Eating Pattern.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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