The relationships between Orthorexia nervosa, social appearance anxiety and women’s self-esteem: A cross-sectional study

Authors

  • Songül DURAN Assoc. Prof. Izmir Demokrasi University, Health Services Vocational College, Care of Elderly Program, Izmir, Turkey
  • Yüksel Can ÖZ Assistant Prof. Kocaeli University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Kocaeli, Turkey

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v21i3.59584

Keywords:

Women; Orthorexia nervosa; social appearance anxiety; self-esteem

Abstract

Objectives: It is known that eating disorders and desire to be thin are more common in women. It was also stated that social appearance anxiety and self-esteem in women may be associated with eating disorders. This study aimed to identify the relationships between Orthorexia nervosa, social appearance anxiety and women’s self-esteem.

Material and methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with 222 women.

Results and Discussion: The study determined a mean score on the Orthorexia Scale. It determined that 27% of the women had orthorexic tendencies, and that the orthorexic tendencies of those who were worried about gaining weight were lower than those who were not worried about gaining weight. There was a negative and statistically significant relationship between the social appearance anxiety scale (SAAS) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES).

Conclusion: Health professionals should be informed about Orthorexia nervosa. At-risk groups should undergo screening, necessary precautions should be taken, and the condition should be treated.

Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science Vol. 21 No. 03 July’22 Page: 675-681

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2022-05-21

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DURAN, S. ., & Can ÖZ, Y. . (2022). The relationships between Orthorexia nervosa, social appearance anxiety and women’s self-esteem: A cross-sectional study. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science, 21(3), 675–681. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v21i3.59584

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