Why are women more vulnerable to eating disorders?

Posted on October 17, 2016

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), around 30 million people in the United States have some form of eating disorder, and around 20 million of these are women.

Popular notion has long held that women are more concerned with body image than men, and previous studies have shown that women are more likely than men to have body dissatisfaction.

"Thus, this susceptibility to body dissatisfaction may be an important factor underlying the higher rates of eating disorders in women," say the authors.

The team enrolled 32 healthy individuals - 16 men and 16 women - to the study. None of the participants had a history of eating disorders, and their height and weight were measured upon enrollment.

Each participant was required to wear a virtual reality headset that, when they looked down, showed them a first-person video of a "slim" or "obese" body. In other words, it looked like the body belonged to them.

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Category(s):Eating Disorders

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