Challenging previous conceptions of vegetarianism and eating disorders

Brian Fisak, R. D. Peterson, S. Tantleff-Dunn, J. M. Molnar

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The purpose of this study was to replicate and expand upon previous research that has examined the potential association between vegetarianism and disordered eating. Limitations of previous research studies are addressed, including possible low reliability of measures of eating pathology within vegetarian samples, use of only a few dietary restraint measures, and a paucity of research examining potential differences in body image and food choice motives of vegetarians versus nonvegetarians. Two hundred and fifty-six college students completed a number of measures of eating pathology and body image, and a food choice motives questionnaire. Interestingly, no significant differences were found between vegetarians and nonvegetarians in measures of eating pathology or body image. However, significant differences in food choice motives were found. Implications for both researchers and clinicians are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Eating disorders
  • Food choice motives
  • Vegetarianism


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