Introduction: Food choice process receives multiple influences, and can highlight the concern for health, the pleasure obtained through diet and the body dissatisfaction as important determinants of food consumption, and may also act as precipitating factor and maintainers of eating disorders. Objectives: To assess how the health concern and the seeking for pleasure through the diet differ between healthy and eating disorders women in the process of food choice and to evaluate how body dissatisfaction affects the preoccupation with health and sensory characteristics on food choice in healthy and eating disorders women. Materials and Methods: A sample of female university students and female patients over eating disorders treatment (18-40 years-old) will be invited to respond the Health and Taste Attitudes Scale - HTAS, the Figure Rating Scales for Brazilian Adults, the Food Frequency Questionnaire - FFQ and the Eating Attitudes Test - EAT-26. The Health sub-scales of HTAS were translated into Portuguese and met equivalence of concept and scale, while the Taste sub-scales will be subject to cross-cultural adaptation (conceptual, item and semantic equivalence) and it will be assessed on internal consistency and reproducibility. The group of university students and patients with eating disorders will be compared by Welch's test. The influence of body dissatisfaction will be evaluated through an analysis of variance. The influence of HTAS score and body dissatisfaction in the frequency of food consumption will be assessed through logistic regression.
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