Eating disorders are most common among young women and are rare before adolescence and after age 25. Reproductive hormones may play a role when a pronounced sex difference emerges around the time of adolescence. At least one previous study has shown that premenstrual exacerbation of binge eating occurs in women with bulimia (Gladis & Walsh, 1987). However, the effect of time in cycle on eating disturbance can best be described as inconsistent (Leon et al., 1986). The results of multiple studies suggest that estrogen suppresses appetite (for a review, see Geary, 1998). Hence, we hypothesized that (1) symptoms of bulimia may be worsened at times of low estrogen and (2) symptoms of anorexia may increase during high estrogen phases. The results indicated that when Body Mass Index was statistically controlled, participants showed a more restricted eating pattern during high estrogen phases. The results provided partial support for the hypotheses.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Wang, Mei-Chuan and DeSoto, M. Catherine
"Estrogen Levels across the Menstrual Cycle and Eating Disturbance,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 52.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/52