Comparative Study of Disordered Eating Patterns and Body Image Perception Among Athletes and Non-Athletes

Author: Huma Hassan 

Supervisor: Ms. Omama Tariq

Degree: Msc

Year: (2009 – 2011)

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

Abstract

This research was conducted to find a relationship between body image perception and eating patterns in athletes and non athletes. The research also aimed to see the difference of eating patterns and body image perception between males and females. It was hypothesized that i) There is a difference between the eating patterns and body image perception of athletes and non athletes, ii)There are gender differences between the eating patterns and body image perception of athletes and non athletes, Body image perception affects eating patterns. A sample of 160 individuals (80 athletes and 80 non athletes) was drawn from different universities. Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DEBQ, Strien, 2002) and Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ-16, Evans, 1993) were used for assessment. Independent sample t test and Pearson product moment correlation coefficient was used to analyze the data. Significant difference was found between disordered eating patterns and body image perception among athletes and non athletes. Positive correlation was found between disordered eating patterns and body image perception. The findings have important implications for athlete and non athlete adults and highlight the importance of counseling of students which in turn may help improve their eating patterns and perception regarding their body.

Keywords: disordered eating patterns, body image, athletes, non-athletes.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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