Three out of Four American women have disordered eating, survey suggests
According to a new survey undertaken by Self Magazine in association with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and carried on 4,023 women, it was found that 65 percent of American women in the age group of 25 to 45 have disorder relating to eating behaviors. Other 10 percent women were found having symptoms related to anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. According to Cynthia R. Bulik, Ph.D., William and Jeanne Jordan Professor of Eating Disorders in the UNC School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program, “we were surprised to find in our survey high number of women engaging themselves in unhealthy purging activities. These women do not belong to only one group but they belonged to different ethnic backgrounds like Hispanic or Latina, black or African American, white and Asian who were reported to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors. It was proved in the survey that 31 percent of women agreed to the fact that after gaining substantial weight, they attempted to lose their weight by having laxatives, diuretics or diet pills”. Bulik added, about 50 percent of the women in survey found to be engaged in purging activities at least once in a week and other women did so every day.
The survey found 67 percent women try to lose their weight in some way or the other method, 37 percent skip their meals in an effort to lose weight, 27 percent women feel unhappy if they find they have gained the weight, 26 percent women cut out the entire food groups from their diet, around 16 percent women dieted on 1,000 calories a day or fewer, 13 percent women smoke in an endeavor to lose weight and 12 percent women eat when they are not hungry. Bulik said activities like eliminating carbohydrates, extreme dieting and skipping meals are related to disordered eating habits.
As far as Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is concerned various individuals who have this condition eat excessive amounts due to two reasons: firstly those individuals who have been on dieting for some time start eating abruptly after feeling hungry. Secondly sometimes individuals over-eat so as to give comfort to them. Binge in fact could be described as an attempt where persons soothe themselves emotionally. People who engage in binge-eating are often embarrassed and ashamed and are heavier people than their counterparts. Symptoms related to binge eating disorder include eating quickly and in secrecy, unable to stop eating, eating large amount of food in one sitting, feeling uncomfortable after eating, feeling of guiltiness of their binges. Often people who binge eats are obese people and one in five obese people engage in this habit.
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