Originally Posted by Dave in MPLS
I think the question often defines the theorized relationship backwards. I don't think veg*ns necessarily correlate well with poor body image or ED. I do think folks who have eating disorders may see claiming or even adopting a so-called 'restricted' diet as an effective method of misdirection to downplay what is really going on.
I agree with this, I think there's a link between veg*anism and eating disorders, but not that veg*anism causes eating disorders, but that people with eating disorders often adopt veg*anism inorder to mask their problem or as a form of control. The questions didn't seem to be able to distinguish between this though.
I didn't do the survey, I had an eating disorder for a long time as a teenager, but now I've recovered. Some of the questions are in the present tense "do you feel X about Y" and others ask if you've EVER felt X, so my answers wouldn't make any sense because my responses would look like I engaged in lots of eating disordered behaviours, but felt fine, because the questions don't distinguish between behaviour NOW and behaviour years ago. I think the questions would be better set up "have you done X in the past month/week/etc", along said "do you feel X about Y".
Another point I had, I didn't go through the whole thing because I decided not to do it, but it seems to me if you had an eating disorder BEFORE you went vegetarian or vegan, the survey wouldn't pick up on that. The questions would make if look like there was a link between your eating disorder and your diet, when the two didn't co-incide. Again this is due to the fact the questions aren't in a given time-frame.
I think the survey is interesting, and could provide some interesting results, however I think the way it's set up at the moment could lead to inaccuracies.