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Financial difficulties lead women to eating disorders

Going through financial difficulties as a student will likely turn a female into a person with an eating disorder, a new study found.

The same study also mentions that having extreme attitudes toward healthy eating increased the probability of short-term financial problems for female students.

“There may be a ‘vicious cycle’ for these students, where negative attitudes towards eating increase the risk of financial difficulties in the short term, and those difficulties further exacerbate negative eating attitudes in the longer term,”

The study was published online in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. 

For this research they also looked into the relationship between the socioeconomic status and someone’s eating attitudes, and showed that they rose more problems for girls who came from poorer families.

Using the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT) and looking into the lives of over 400 undergraduate students from universities across the UK, researchers questioned everything about them, beginning with family affluence and finishing with their latest financial problems or obstacles.

In the study, 400 undergraduate students from universities across the UK were questioned about many factors including family affluence and finishing their latest financial problems or obstacles. The questions were analyzed using the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT).

Students filled out the surveys up to four times, at three to four months intervals.

The results indicated clearly a direct link between a person’s financial situation and eating disorders in women. These findings did not apply to men.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men nationally suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life.

Financial difficulties lead women to eating disorders

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