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Revista mexicana de trastornos alimentarios

versión On-line ISSN 2007-1523


GOMEZ-PERESMITRE, Gilda et al. A preliminary study of the predictive factors of binge eating behavior in three cultures: Mexico, Spain and Argentina. Rev. Mex. de trastor. aliment [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.2, pp.68-78. ISSN 2007-1523.

The increased frequency of binge eating behavior, and its relationship to overweight and obesity, expressed a national and international real health problem. The objective of this study was to explore, identify and describe the risk factors that interrelate and explain Binge Eating Behavior, paying special attention to the similarities and differences inherent to samples from three different Spanish-speaking countries (Mexico, Spain and Argentina). The total sample consisted of N = 258 women: Mexican (n = 85, Mage = 16.18, SD = 0.99); Argentine (n = 75, Mage = 17.00, SD = 1.24) and Spanish (n = 98, Mage = 17.00, SD = 1.36). The instruments used showed a good psychometrical properties. The eating for psychological compensation factor gets the highest β weight in the three groups and its intercultural relevance is confirmed by the Path Analysis. It is discussed the emotional nature of the eating for psychological compensation factor, its contribution to prevention, and its predictive power.

Palabras llave : Binge eating behavior; predictive risk factors; body image; disordered eating; cross-cultural study; Mexico; Spain and Argentina.

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