Disordered eating attitudes and behaviours among female patients undergoing fertility treatment: Implications for preconception care

Iolanda Sandra Rodino

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Abstract

Studies in infertility research have reported an elevated prevalence of eating disorders in women undergoing fertility treatment. This thesis investigated issues of prevalence, psychological correlates and predictors of eating pathology in a clinically diverse sample of 429 infertile women. Fertility specialists' knowledge about eating disorders was also explored. Analyses revealed that contrary to prior studies no elevated prevalence of eating disorders was reported. Women with ovulatory disorders, PCOS and obesity however reported psychological symptoms associated with disordered eating. Study findings highlight the importance of preconception screening practices and training needs for fertility health care providers in this clinical area.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date15 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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Preconception Care
Feeding Behavior
Fertility
Eating
Psychology
Health Personnel
Infertility
Therapeutics
Obesity
Pathology
Research
Feeding and Eating Disorders

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