Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Eating Psychopathology

Eating disorders, eating psychopathology and body dissatisfaction are known to affect a large proportion of women of all ages, and not simply the 'stereotypical' young female.  Men are also increasingly being affected with pressures to achieve the 'ideal' physique along with associated pathological exercise and dietary practices.  The aetiology of eating psychopathology and poor body image have been explained by a range of influencing variables including social, cultural, individual psychological, genetic, neurological and biological factors, and their likely reciprocal interaction.  In my research I am particularly interested in the areas of eating disorders, eating psychopathology, body image and body dissatisfaction.  My work has also considered their links with other associated and related fields of psychology, such as emotional expression, information-processing bias, dissociation, and between sport variations of eating disorders within athletes.  More recently my research has considered the biological influence of pre-natal sex hormones (testosterone levels in utero) as indicated by digit ratio (2D:4D), the association between different types of eating symptomatology and facets of emotional intelligence, and the comparison of rural and metrocentric individuals (men and women) on body dissatisfaction and eating psychopathology.  Professionally, I have worked collaboratively with Universities overseas in the United Kingdom (Derby, Central Lancashire), USA (Florida State) and Japan (Waseda) as well as locally within Australia (Sydney, Western Sydney). 

Interested people should contact:

Dr Stephanie Quinton (squinton@csu.edu.au)