Anorexia Readiness Syndrome – about the need for early detection of dietary restrictions. Pilot study findings
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Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy, Wydział Psychologii
Submission date: 2020-01-12
Final revision date: 2020-04-04
Acceptance date: 2020-04-10
Online publication date: 2021-10-31
Publication date: 2021-10-31
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Beata Katarzyna Ziółkowska   

Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy
Psychiatr Pol 2021;55(5):1079–1091
The pilot study aimed to determine the Anorexia Readiness Syndrome severity in a population of children aged 10 to 17 years according to general and sport class attendance.

The following instrumentswere used: the Anorexia Readiness Syndrome inventory (SGA-12), to identify anorexic tendencies in adolescents aged 10 to 17 years, the Eating Disorders in Youth – Questionnaire (EDY-Q) inventory by Hilbert and van Dyck (the results of work on the Polish version of the instrument – in preparation) to assess eating disorders in children, and a questionnaire to obtain the respondents’ details such as the date of birth, gender, chronic diseases, height and weight.

In the study sample, a higher ARS severity was observed among the girls compared to the boys. Higher levels of anorexia readiness were seen in physically active subjects with a lower body mass index. The SGA-12 inventory does not correlate with the EDY-Q-PL, but factor I “anorexic tendencies and statements” demonstrates important relations to the total score of the EDY-Q-PL.

It seems that the SGA-12 inventory can help identify ARS children and adolescents (including boys) to a greater extent than the previous tool (Questionnaire for testing individual attitude towards food); it helps determine the severity of anorexic behaviours within two factors and suggests the areas of intervention aimed at psychoprevention.