Eating disorders pose major health risks to today's college age woman. The American Psychological Association estimates that one to three percent of the population suffers from bulimia nervosa and .5 percent suffers from anorexia nervosa (American Psychological Association, 2000). Women contribute to at least ninety percent of all cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (AP A, 2000). Characteristics of a person with eating disorder pathology include upper class social standing. This has led some people to assume that college women are prime candidates for these disorders. To effectively deal with the problem of eating disorders among college women, it is essential to look at social environments that may promote eating disordered behaviors in college. Many studies focus on the psychological aspects of eating disorders, but fewer focus on social groups in developing or maintaining an eating disorder. The goal of this study is to determine whether sororities, obvious social groups, have higher prevalence rates of eating disorders than does a group of college women not associated with such a clearly defined social group. The purpose of this study is to add to current research regarding sororities and eating disorders, as there is so little presently.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Colyn, Leisha; Diemer, Laura; and Hitlan, Robert T.
"An Examination of Unhealthy Eating Behaviors in Two College Samples,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 35.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/35