College-Aged Women: What Influences Eating Disorders?
The purpose of this research was to discover what outside influences cause eating disorders among college-age women. Eating disorders such as overeating, anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating have been affecting college-aged women for years. There are a handful of college-age women that have eating disorders factored by the outside influences in their lives. For this study, we looked at outside influences such as peers, relationships, media, and school stress that affect some of the women on campus. To complete this research, we conducted a survey and examined the results we gathered from college-age women from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. The surveys were distributed in residence halls on campus and returned in a closed envelope to ensure confidentiality. Women answered questions about their age eating habits, the media they view, the influence of their peers, their fitness level, and the amount of stress from school. A correlation between the scores determined what outside influences affect college-age women who have eating disorders. This experiment helped give us a better idea of what triggers eating disorders for college-age women.
Flores, Maribel; Sorrell, Ashlyn; and Hansen, Sarah, "College-Aged Women: What Influences Eating Disorders?" (2016). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 505.