Table 4.

Knowledge of physical cues of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa among dentists and dental hygienists (dentists n=207, dental hygienists n=369)

AnorexiaBulimia
VariablePractitionerCorrect f (%)Incorrect f (%)Correct f (%)Incorrect f (%)
*The correct response is that they are not associated as a sign or symptom of AN.
†The correct response is that they are not associated as a sign or symptom of BN.
Normal weightDentists18 (8.7)189 (91.3)97 (46.9)110 (53.1)
Hygienists23 (6.2)346 (93.8)256 (69.4)113 (30.6)
Obesity*†Dentists178 (86.0)29 (14.0)118 (57.0)89 (43.0)
Hygienists337 (91.3)32 (8.7)166 (45.0)203 (55.0)
Extremely thin†Dentists195 (69.2)12 (5.8)52 (25.1)155 (74.9)
Hygienists357 (96.7)12 (3.3)171 (46.3)198 (53.7)
Lanugo†Dentists34 (16.4)173 (83.6)18 (8.7)189 (91.3)
Hygienists126 (34.1)243 (65.9)71 (19.2)298 (80.8)
ArrhythmiaDentists113 (54.6)94 (45.4)74 (35.7)113 (64.3)
Hygienists281 (76.2)88 (23.8)183 (49.3)187 (50.7)
Cracked/dry nailsDentists108 (52.2)99 (47.8)66 (31.9)141 (68.1)
Hygienists278 (75.3)91 (24.7)195 (52.8)174 (47.2)
Loss of body hair†Dentists102 (49.3)105 (50.7)20 (9.7)187 (90.3)
Hygienists236 (64.0)133 (36.0)74 (20.1)295 (79.9)
Growth or lipomaDentists12 (5.8)195 (94.2)8 (3.9)199 (96.1)
on extremities*Hygienists30 (8.1)339 (91.9)26 (7.0)343 (93.0)