The influence of sociocultural factors on the eating attitudes of Lebanese and Cypriot students

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dc.contributor.author Zeeni, N.
dc.contributor.author Gharibeh, N.
dc.contributor.author Katsounari, I.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-07T07:10:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-07T07:10:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2013
dc.date.issued 2016-04-07
dc.identifier.issn 0952-3871 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3503
dc.description.abstract Background The present comparative cross-cultural study aimed to explore the relationship between eating behaviour and sociocultural influences with respect to appearance and body image in female university students from two cultural contexts, namely Cyprus and Lebanon. Methods The Dutch Eating Behavior questionnaire (DEBQ) and the Perceived Sociocultural Influences on Body Image and Body Change Questionnaire were used to assess sociocultural influences and body image, respectively, in 200 students from each country. Results The results indicated that the Lebanese students were more likely to engage in emotional and external eating and their body image was impacted to a larger extent by sociocultural agents, including media influences, compared to the Cypriot students. Also, a positive relationship was found between emotional and external eating in both cultures. Finally, sociocultural influences correlated positively with external eating only in the Cypriot sample. Conclusions Culture-specific factors, such as the societal values and norms, as well as the Westernisation history of each country, are discussed as underpinnings for the differences found. These findings are significant for understanding the rise of eating pathology in these two cultures and provide evidence for a need to consider cultural environment when designing public health policies addressing the negative aspects of nutrition transition. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title The influence of sociocultural factors on the eating attitudes of Lebanese and Cypriot students en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle A cross-cultural study en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201000400 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Natural Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics en_US
dc.journal.volume 26 en_US
dc.journal.issue s1 en_US
dc.article.pages 45-52 en_US
dc.keywords Body image en_US
dc.keywords Cross-cultural study en_US
dc.keywords Disordered eating en_US
dc.keywords Sociocultural influences en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12059 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Zeeni, N., Gharibeh, N., & Katsounari, I. (2013). The influence of sociocultural factors on the eating attitudes of Lebanese and Cypriot students: a cross‐cultural study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 26(s1), 45-52. en_US
dc.author.email nadine.zeeni@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jhn.12059/full

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