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Most Women Have Disordered Eating

Surprising Findings on Women's Eating Behaviors

According to the results of a new survey by Self Magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the majority of American women have troubling relationships with food. According to a detailed survey of over 4,000 women, 65 percent of respondents between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors.
Here are highlights from the interesting findings:

  • 75 percent of women report disordered eating behaviors or symptoms consistent with eating disorders
  • 67 percent of women (excluding those with actual eating disorders) are trying to lose weight
  • 53 percent of dieters are already at a healthy weight and are still trying to lose weight

There are more interesting stats so


  • 39 percent of women say concerns about what they eat or weigh interfere with their happiness
  • 37 percent regularly skip meals to try to lose weight
  • 27 percent would be “extremely upset” if they gained just five pounds
  • 26 percent cut out entire food groups
  • 16 percent have dieted on 1,000 calories a day or fewer
  • 13 percent smoke to lose weight
  • 12 percent often eat when they’re not hungry; 49 percent sometimes do

Some of these statistics surprise me while others seem about right. In the end I am saddened by these findings. As women we are brought through the wringer when it comes to body image and eating that it's hard to just be content with who you are. What about you guys? How do you feel about any of the above findings? Do they seem extreme or right on track?


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