In last few decades rapid cross-cultural social changes occurred in many Arabian countries, the attitudes and behaviors of the new generation have borrowed western values (Amir, 2015, ; Bas, Asci, Karabudak, & Kiziltan, 2004; Fath Al Alim M Abdelrahim,, & Abdelghani Alshaikh 2012; Latzer et al., 2014). Nonetheless, customary Arab populations have been found to place value on plumpness; a sign of beauty, fertility and good health.(Abdollahi & Mann, 2001) Consequently, adolescent’s girls, experiencing a growing conflict between Western values and Arabic traditions and this cultural clash between a traditional culture and adopted Westernized culture heightened the risk for eating disorders in them. (Latzer et al., 2014) Recently, high prevalence of abnormal Eating attitude and behaviors is confirmed by nonclinical studies in several Arab countries (Fath Al Alim M Abdelrahim et al., 2012; Haleama Al Sabbah, 2016; Kazim AA, 2017; Rafia Bano, 2013). Considering the fact that disordered eating attitude can be turned into eating disorder and its consequences are quite severe, Therefore, Early identification is essential to reduce complications of eating disorders that occur during these stages of growth and development.(D’Souza, Forman, & Austin, 2005)
Please find below a very useful study from Saudi Arabia, ‘Prevalence of disordered eating attitudes among adolescent girls in Arar City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’. We share this study for information purpose only.
Prevalence of disordered eating attitudes among adolescent girls in Arar City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia