Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Disordered Eating Is Widespread Among US Women"

This is by way of the left-leaning news site Truthout.org:

Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of young American women report disordered eating behaviors, and 10 percent report symptoms of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder, a new survey finds.

The findings - from an online poll of more than 4,000 women between the ages of 25 and 45 - found that 75 percent eat, think and behave abnormally around food. The survey was conducted by SELFmagazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"Our survey found that these behaviors cut across racial and ethnic lines and are not limited to any one group. Women who identified their ethnic backgrounds as Hispanic or Latina, white, black or African American and Asian were all represented among the women who reported unhealthy eating behaviors," Cynthia R. Bulik, a professor of eating disorders and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program, said in a prepared statement.

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