Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2016, vol. 22, issue 4
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 1375-1378
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016224.1375
Published online: 16 November 2016

J of IMAB 2016 Oct-Dec;22(4):1375-1378
Elisaveta Pavlova Corresponding Autor, Mariana Arnaoudova, Ivan Aleksandrov, Yasen Yanev,
Department of psychiatry and medical psychology, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria.

Background: Eating Disorders (EDs) are characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating or eating-related behavior that significantly impairs physical health or psychosocial functioning. EDs are caused by a complex interaction of genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological, and social factors. Their epidemiology is rising for the past decades, and EDs affect all races, social levels and both genders. Due to the long and expensive treatment, chronic course, and the fact that most of the sufferers do not realize the need for therapy or do not seek treatment, the demand on developing prevention programs, early detection and assessment is essential. Despite the fact, that many new EDs screening tools were developed already, there is a great lack of validated screening instruments, adapted to the Bulgarian conditions.
Objects and methods: Our study aimed at eliciting a comprehensive battery for screening of not only  specific  ED pathology, but also some risk factors, such as negative body image, weight and depressive symptoms. The object of our study consisted of 201 females, aged 18 to 45 (mean 24.65). SCOOF- questionnaire, Eating Disorder Diagnostic Scale (EDDS-5), Body Image Questionnaire-34 and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were applied.
Results: Our preliminary results show that approximately 45% of the tested subjects show some of the: negative body image, eating disorders’ clinical pathology, distorted eating patterns, subclinical eating disorders pathology, overweight/obesity, or depressive symptoms.
Conclusion: Our ongoing efforts in area of research also are aimed at developing and refining strategies for preventing and treating ED among adolescents and adults.

Key words: eating disorders, prevention, risk factors, screening tools,

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Pavlova E, Arnaoudova M, Aleksandrov I, Yanev Y. Screening for early detection of eating disorders. J of IMAB. 2016 Oct-Dec;22(4):1375-1378. DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016224.1375.

Correspondence to: Elisaveta Pavlova, Department of psychiatry and medical psychology, Medical University Varna; 55, Marin Drinov Str., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 05 September 2016
Published online: 16 November 2016

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