Prevalence of orthorexia nervosa among Turkish performance artists

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of orthorexia nervosa among the performance artists in the State Opera and Ballet and in the Bilkent University Symphony Orchestra. The study population consisted of 39 men and 55 women for a total of 94 artists with mean age of 33 years. The ORTO-15 test was used to determine the prevalence of orthorexia nervosa. Those subjects who scored below 40 in the ORTO-15 test were classified as having orthorexia nervosa. Mean score of the participants in the ORTO-15 test was 37.9±4.46. A total of 56.4% of the artists involved in the research scored below 40 in the ORTO-15 test. While the highest prevalence of orthorexia nervosa was recorded among opera singers (81.8%), it was 32.1% among ballet dancers and 36.4% among symphony orchestra musicians. The differences between the three groups were statistically significant. No difference was noted between mean ORTO-15 score by baseline characteristics as gender, age, educational level, work experience, body mass index, smoking and alcohol consumption. The research group have a higher socio-economic and education level than the majority of the general public in Turkey. Additionally, being an artist in Turkey means being a role model for the general public both in terms one’s physical appearance and lifestyle. These may be the reason why artists are more sensitive to this issue.

Key words

Eating disorders orthorexia nervosa body mass index ballet dancers opera singers symphony orchestra musicians 

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© Editrice Kurtis 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health SciencesBaskent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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