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Sexually Harassed Men More Likely To Develop Eating Disorders

May 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A new study finds that men who experience high levels of sexual harassment are significantly more likely than women to develop purging “compensatory” behaviors such as induced vomiting and taking laxatives and diuretics to control their weight. Michigan State University researchers surveyed 2,446 college-aged participants – including 731 men – on their experiences with sexual harassment, body image and eating behaviors. Women experienced higher rates of harassment, but men were more likely to resort to purging. Eating disorders are increasing in men, especially young ones, but most prevention programs are geared towards girls and women. The researchers hope to raise awareness of such issues.
NiCole T. Buchanan et al., "Exploring gender differences in body image, eating pathology, and sexual harassment", Body Image, May 09, 2013, © Elsevier Ltd.
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