Researchers at the University of North Carolina have
found that a majority of women aged between 25 to 45 years in the United States have some form of eating disorder.
Some 4,023 women responded to an online questionnaire
issued by lead researcher Cynthia R. Bulik and co-researcher Lauren
Reba-Harrelson. They found that at least 65 percent of women suffered from
faulty eating habits.
Another 10 percent of the women reported symptoms that
strongly suggested they were suffering from bulimia nervosa, anorexia, and
binge eating disorder.
"Our survey found that these behaviors cut across racial
and ethnic lines and are not limited to any one group. Women who identified their
ethnic backgrounds as Hispanic or Latina, white, black or African American and
Asian were all represented among the women who reported unhealthy eating
behaviors," Bulik revealed.
The unhealthy eating
habits persisted in the women regardless of their race or ethnic origin, the
researchers reported. The online poll was held by Self magazine.