Disordered Eating Behaviors: An Overview Of Asian Cultures

Article Title: Disordered Eating Behaviors: An Overview Of Asian Cultures

Author(s): Amina Muazzam, Ruhi Khalid

Institute(s): Department of Applied Psychology, University of Punjab, Lahore.

Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society,  2008, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 76-80

Correspondence Address: amina_muazzam@hotmail.com


Disordered eating refers to troublesome eating patterns that are less frequent or less severe than diagnosed eating disorders. The difference between disordered eating and occasional disruption of normal eating patterns is the urgency and the persistence behind the eating behavior. Review of recent researches showed that disordered eating or atypical eating disorder is far more common and widespread than actual eating disorders. A survey of recent research literature shows an alarming rise in eating disorders in South Asian and Islamic countries. The aim of this paper is to highlight disordered eating behaviors in people of Asian cultures, especially Pakistan.

Key words: Eating behavior, Asian culture, Pakistan.

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