In the News: Disordered Eating is Widespread among U.S. Women


By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/16/2008 12:43 PM   :  50 comments

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A recent survey of women between the ages of 25 and 45 found that 75% eat, think and behave abnormally around food. These results weren't limited to a specific ethnic or racial group, applying to most women in general.

The study also found that 31% of these women had used vomiting, laxatives, diuretics or diet pills and some point in their lives to lose weight. Among these women, more than 50% did so at least a few times a week.

Here are some other interesting results from this study:

67% of the women were trying to lose weight.
53% of dieters are already at a healthy weight and are still trying to lose weight.
39% said concerns about what they eat or weigh interfere with their happiness.
37% said they regularly skip meals to try to lose weight.

The results of this study are troubling, but not really surprising to me. I see people on our site every day who's happiness is determined by the number they see on the scale that day. I also see a lot of women who are trying to get to a certain weight, whether or not it's really healthy for them. I think our members do a good job of reaching out to each other and being supportive when someone's having a down day. I also think our members are good at trying to help each other be realistic about weight loss goals and trying to focus more on overall health. But women still face a lot of pressure from society- some that's put on them, some that they put on themselves- to look a certain way.

What is your reaction to the results of this study?

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