Determinants of Disordered Eating Patterns among an LGTBQ Community in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Harb, Hana
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-14T09:01:28Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-14T09:01:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-05-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13656
dc.description.abstract It has been previously established that sexual minorities are more likely to suffer from mental health illnesses due to experiencing unique stressors such as fear, anxiety, stigma, harassment, and prejudice. A noteworthy mental health illness reported by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are eating disorders. However, little to no research has been done on the symptoms and attitudes of eating disorders among sexual minorities, especially in Lebanon. Therefore, this cross-sectional observational study based in Lebanon that aims at investigating the relationship between sexual orientation and gender identity with disordered eating behaviors. Additionally, the correlation between several determinants of disordered eating behaviors among LGBTQ have been examined such as body image dissatisfaction, fear of negative evaluation, generalized anxiety, social support, and harassment levels. The study data was collected through an online survey comprised of 94 questions falling under various verified questionnaires among sexual and gender minorities. The final sample size of the study population was n=358. The primary outcome of the study is the global score of the eating disorder examination questionnaire (EDE-Q6.0). Generally, the LBGTQ population in this study scored higher than cisgender and heterosexual individuals for the mean and global scores of the EDE-Q, indicating an increased risk for disordered eating behaviors and attitudes. Specifically, the mean score of the shape and weight concerns marked the highest among the LGBTQ sample population. Moreover, only body appreciation, generalized anxiety and fear of negative evaluation scales were significantly associated with disordered eating behaviors among different sexual orientation and gender identity individuals. Since sexual minorities are more likely to experience stressors that might directly or indirectly affect their mental health, remarkably eating disorders and their respective symptoms, it is very important that health professionals working with such vulnerable populations meticulously assess for disordered eating behaviors and better communicate with them. In conclusion, the present results highlight important questions about disordered eating behaviors among LGBTQ communities and call for further comprehensive and extensive research studies on that matter. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Eating disorders -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Body image -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Sexual orientation -- Physiological aspects en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Determinants of Disordered Eating Patterns among an LGTBQ Community in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MS in Nutrition en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201401312 en_US
dc.author.commembers Zeeni, Nadine
dc.author.commembers El Khoury, Myriam
dc.author.department Natural Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (xi, 64 leaves): col. ill. en_US
dc.author.advisor Mattar, Lama
dc.keywords Disordered eating behaviors en_US
dc.keywords Body image satisfaction en_US
dc.keywords Sexual orientation en_US
dc.keywords Gender identity en_US
dc.keywords LGBTQ en_US
dc.keywords Eating disorder examination questionnaire (EDE-Q) en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaf 34-40. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.255
dc.author.email hana.harb@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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