Three cohorts of entering freshman women were assessed over the course of four years at Brigham Young University (BYU). The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ) were administered at the beginning of each fall and winter semester. Results showed (a) steadily decreasing average levels of eating disorder risk and body shape dissatisfaction over time, which was mirrored in each cohort; (b) significantly lower eating disorder risk than other college samples; (c) a typically high percentage of women with clinically significant body shape dissatisfaction; (d) significant correlation between the EAT-26 and the BSQ; and (e) notable subgroups (according to anticipated academic major) of higher-risk students. The findings suggest that, although body shape dissatisfaction was similar to estimated rates on other college campuses and the measure thereof was correlated with eating disorder risk, the overall level of eating disorder risk at BYU was lower than that reported on other college campuses. It is proposed that unique aspects of the BYU campus might mitigate the development of eating disorders.
Fischer, Lane; Fischer, Jacob; Valentine, LaNae; and Winters, Erin
"Longitudinal Course of Female Eating Disorder Risk at Brigham Young University,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 35
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol35/iss1/5