IB Psychology SL : Health psychology

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for IB Psychology SL

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Health Psychology

According to the American Psychological Association, a binge eating disorder occurs when a person experiences frequent outbursts of out of control eating. Unlike other disorders, such as bulimia, binge eaters do not purge their bodies of excess calories, which can result in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and issues associated with obesity. Which of the following best describes the prevalence of binge eating disorders in males versus females?

Possible Answers:

Females are affected more than males

Binge eating disorder affects males exclusively 

Males are affected about the same as females 

Binge eating disorder affects females exclusively 

Males are affected more than females

Correct answer:

Males are affected about the same as females 

Explanation:

It is true that eating disorders primarily effect females; however, contrary to media depictions of eating disorders, males are still considered to be an at-risk population. About a quarter of preadolescent cases of anorexia occur in males. Likewise, the prevalence of binge eating disorder is about the same in males and females. 

Example Question #2 : Health Psychology

According to the American Psychological Association, a binge eating disorder occurs when a person experiences frequent outbursts of out of control eating. Unlike other disorders, such as bulimia, binge eaters do not purge their bodies of excess calories, which can result in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and issues associated with obesity. Which of the following best describes the prevalence of binge eating disorders in males versus females?

Possible Answers:

Females are affected more than males

Males are affected about the same as females 

Binge eating disorder affects males exclusively 

Males are affected more than females

Binge eating disorder affects females exclusively 

Correct answer:

Males are affected about the same as females 

Explanation:

It is true that eating disorders primarily effect females; however, contrary to media depictions of eating disorders, males are still considered to be an at-risk population. About a quarter of preadolescent cases of anorexia occur in males. Likewise, the prevalence of binge eating disorder is about the same in males and females. 

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