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Table 3 Symptoms of disturbed eating behavior among children and adolescents by gender and age group

From: Body image perceptions and symptoms of disturbed eating behavior among children and adolescents in Germany

Item Total sample (%) Girls Boys
11–12 (years) (%) 13–14 (years) (%) 15–17 (years) (%) 11–12 (years) (%) 13–14 (years) (%) 15–17 (years) (%)
Eating less during meals 34.8 35.1 42.0 46.7 30.0 26.1 22.7
Skipping meals 21.8 13.9 26.8 37.4 14.2 20.5 13.0
Fasting 15.3 11.3 16.6 27.7 9.0 14.2 8.3
Exercising for weight control 58.0 58.7 66.8 65.1 51.6 50.9 62.3
Self-induced vomiting 2.8 1.3 4.8 4.1 2.3 2.4 .9
Taking diet pills or laxatives 1.7 .4 1.5 2.8 1.4 1.4 2.3
Feeling fat 36.0 44.8 48.2 53.6 22.6 21.4 14.5
Terrified of gaining weight 21.9 26.8 25.1 30.7 18.2 13.9 11.9
Avoidance of certain food 20.6 17.9 19.9 28.2 20.7 20.2 15.1
Feeling upset about weight or shape 36.1 38.3 41.9 51.6 24.8 27.3 24.1
Distress after eating 25.7 27.2 32.0 38.2 16.8 18.0 15.3
Episodes of binge eating 16.0 14.3 19.0 24.9 9.1 9.5 14.3
Loss of control over eating 11.0 13.2 14.2 14.2 5.5 6.6 10.1
  1. Results are displayed as absolute percentages