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Westernization, Intuitive Eating, and BMI: An Exploration of Jordanian Adolescents

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The purpose of this study was to validate the Arabic-version of the adapted Marin Bidimensional Acculturation Scale and investigate the relationship between Westernization, intuitive eating, and body mass index (BMI) in a sample of Jordanian female adolescents. A total of 199 subjects between the ages of 11-18 were surveyed. Participants who scored higher on the Arabic domain exhibited higher Intuitive Eating Scale (IES) intrinsic subscale scores (r = 0.147, P = 0.048) suggesting that those who are more orientated toward Arabic culture may respond more naturally to physical hunger cues than their more Westernized counterparts. Reinforcing intuitive eating attitudes and behaviors and emphasizing body ideals resonant with the Arabic culture may propagate the continuation of intuitive eating in this population, potentially reducing the risk of obesity and other nutrition-related non-communicable diseases.

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Wirtz AL, Madanat HN. Westernization, Intuitive Eating, and BMI: An Exploration of Jordanian Adolescents. International Quarterly of Community Health Education. 2012;33(3):275-87.


Methods Condition Gender Age Country Setting Sample size
healthy Female 11 - 18 Jordan
Commuinty 199

Number of items

24 items


Measure does not require training

Required time

Less than 5 min

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