Ethnic differences in dieting, binge eating, and purging behaviors among American females: A review

Marjorie Crago, Catherine M. Shisslak

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Abstract

The research literature related to ethnic differences in dieting, binge eating, and purging behaviors among American females was reviewed. Relevant publications were located by means of computer searches utilizing MedLine and PsycInfo databases. The majority of the dieting studies that have been published thus far indicate that this behavior is more prevalent among White females while most studies of binge eating and purging behaviors indicate that these behaviors are as common among minority females as among White females. Factors that may influence the results of studies focusing on ethnic differences in eating-related behaviors are discussed. Recommendations for improving future research in this area are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-304
Number of pages16
JournalEating Disorders
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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