-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Among Native Americans, women
are more likely than men to develop eating disorders, a new study
The researchers also found similarities between Native American
and white women in terms of binge eating, purging and ever having
been diagnosed with an eating disorder, according to the report
published Jan. 6 in the
International Journal of Eating Disorders.
"This commonality between Native American and white women refutes the myth that eating disorders are problems that only affect white girls and women," study leader Ruth Striegel-Moore, a professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., said in a news release from the journal's publisher.
The study authors also found no significant differences between
Native American and white men, which they say provides further
evidence that eating disorders are not restricted to a certain
For this study, the researchers analyzed data from more than
10,000 men and women in the United States, average age 22, who took
part in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. There
were 236 women and 253 men who were either Native American or
"This research provides us with a first glimpse into the extent to which young adult Native American populations experience behavioral symptoms of eating disorders," concluded Striegel-Moore. "In the eating disorder field this type of epidemiological study has lagged behind other research, but now we have a foundation to study the distribution of eating disorders and identify psychological risk factors in Native American populations."
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