Exploring attitudes directed towards people with binge eating disorder
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Binge eating disorder is an increasingly common, and very serious eating disorder. Despite this, and despite the fact it has an elevating mortality rate, previous studies have shown that people, particularly those assumed to have more knowledge of the disorder, show negative attitudes towards the disorder itself as well the sufferers of it (Anderson et al., 2016; Ebneter & Lanter, 2013). This can have detrimental effects on the sufferer and cause their condition to worsen (Mond et al., 2007). Therefore the aim of this study was to examine attitudes towards a BED sufferer, comparing psychology students and other course students with a high or low EDI-3 score (Garner, 2004). A median split was used to split psychology and non-psychology students into high and low EDI groups. They were presented with a vignette of a BED sufferer, and then answered questions derived from the mental health literacy survey (Mond et al., 2004), concerning their opinions and attitudes towards the sufferer. Two-way ANOVAs and descriptive statistics showed that overall mainly positive attitudes were shown towards the sufferer, however, those with less knowledge of the disorder showed increased negative attitudes towards them. It was concluded that people should be better informed about BED in order to gain a better understanding of its nature and severity which should reduce the negative stigma shown towards the disorder and its sufferers.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
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