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Table 4 Frequency distributions of symptoms among girls in relation to perception biases and an underweight thin-ideal

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

Symptom Girls with strong bias towards underestimation (%) Girls without strong bias towards underestimation (%) p value Girls with underweight thin-ideal (%) Girls without underweight thin-ideal (%) p value
Eating less during meals 42.7 37.3 .11 44.5 40.5 .19
Skipping meals 29.7 23.2 .05 32.4 25.4 .04
Fasting 21.4 17.6 .14 22.1 18.0 .13
Exercising for weight control 62.5 62.7 .51 65.6 62.0 .21
Self-induced vomiting 4.2 3.2 .36 6.9 2.7 .01
Taking diet pills or laxatives .7 1.6 .25 1.6 1.6 .61
Feeling fat 47.9 45.5 .31 52.9 47.5 .12
Terrified of gaining weight 32.8 22.8 < .01 31.0 26.3 .13
Avoidance of certain food 26.7 19.3 .02 29.3 20.3 <.01
Feeling upset about weight or shape 48.9 39.3 .01 50.0 42.1 .04
Distress after eating 38.1 27.5 < .01 41.7 30.2 <.01
Episodes of binge eating 17.5 21.1 .15 17.5 20.6 .20
Loss of control over eating 16.9 10.7 .02 14.2 13.2 .40
  1. p values pertain to Chi square tests