Eating Disorders In the College Population Disordered Eating in Sororities: Identifying Risk and Resiliency Factors

Disordered eating can affect every aspect of a person's life and is prevalent on college campuses, particularly within student organizations such as sororities. Specifically, according to The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), 91% of women on college campuses had attempted to control their weight through dieting and 25% of college aged women report engaging in binge/purging behaviors. The presenter will outline previous literature on disordered eating across populations and discuss how symptoms may be influenced by sorority membership. Additionally, the presenter will demonstrate key findings from a pilot study investigating disordered eating experiences among sorority women. Attendees will also be provided with concrete strategies for identifying and intervening disordered eating that may be useful for practitioners, college administrators, parents, and others. Multicultural and gender implications will be identified.