The Influence of Culture and Acculturation on Binge Eating Disorder in Latina Women
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The goal of this study was to gain an improved understanding of binge eating disorder (BED) in Latina women by creating a rich description of their symptoms and related experiences, while also considering the influence of culture and acculturation. This research is important because empirical literature indicates that Latinas are under-diagnosed and under-treated for BED and to date, there are no published studies examining individuals' self-reported symptoms and experiences. The current study created a picture of BED in Latinas by examining demographic and psychological variables such as distress and depression, as well as participants' self-reports of what they eat during a binge, the setting in which their binges occur, and their experience of loss of control. To consider potential influences of culture and acculturation, characteristics were compared between English-speaking Latina women, Spanish-speaking Latina women and English-speaking White women. The current study found that Latina women are very similar to White women across the demographic and psychological variables, as well as in their experience of loss of control. However, the Latina women were descriptively different in the foods consumed during binges and the settings in which they binge. The major finding from the current study was that Latina women tend to binge on foods such as chicken in the context of normal family meals, while White women tend to binge on snack foods such as pretzels, alone, at night. The implications of this study may be useful in improving culturally appropriate diagnosis and treatments of BED for Latinas.
AcculturationBinge EatingCultureEating DisordersLatinas
Gil-Rivas, VirginiaWebb, Jennifer
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014.
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