Study Refutes Eating Disorders Affect ‘Whites Only’

BusinessWeek cites a study published in The Journal of Eating Disorders led by Ruth Striegel-Moore, professor of the social sciences, Walter A. Crowell Professor of the Social Sciences, that refutes assertions of eating disorders affect only girls and women from white populations. The study, which focused on Native Americans, found no significant disparity between the percentages of eating disorders in that population and whites.

“This commonality between Native American and white women refutes the myth that eating disorders are problems that only affect white girls and women,” Striegel-Moore said.