Title

Gender differences in binge eating and behavioral correlates among college students

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2012

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate gender differences in binge eating and associated behavioral correlates in college students. METHODS: A web-based survey was conducted with 2073 students (mean age 19.8 yr; range 18-23 yr). Multiple logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals for the factors associated with binge eating. RESULTS: Twenty-nine percent of students reported recent bingeing. Factors associated with binge eating included being female, having a higher body mass index, current tobacco use, and exercising to lose weight. Women were more likely to binge eat (73.8%; χ2 =32.3; p≤0.001), report loss of control (45%; χ2=16.3; p≤0.001), self induced vomiting (20.7%; χ2=15.9; p≤0.001), and laxative use (6.7%; χ2=8.93; p≤0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Results generated from this study suggest that gender-disparate behaviors are potential targets for future tailored interventions. ©2012, Editrice Kurtis.

Publication Title

Eating and Weight Disorders

Volume

17

Issue

3

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