ERIC Number: ED378512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Compulsive Eating: The Emotional Link of Its Use as a Coping Mechanism for Resident Freshman Female College Students.
Beylerian, Nvair Kadian
An 18-year old's freshman year in college is not only a test of his or her intellect, but also a test in social skills, adaptability to new living situations, and other conditions. This study examined the link of emotions to compulsive eating and its use as a coping mechanism for female college students. It explores the stresses of the transition from high school to college and how a breakdown in coping skills can lead to the development of an eating disorder. Twenty-nine resident freshmen females, averaging 18.5 years of age, responded to the survey. Results showed that 76 percent of the respondents had experienced a binge. Their average weight gain over a seven-month period was 4.34 pounds. Fifty-nine percent had changed their eating patterns since moving on campus. Seventy-nine percent gained from 2 to 20 pounds. Supporting the notion that binges are linked to emotion, the feelings respondents described prior to a binge included stress, boredom, and hunger. During a binge they felt relaxed, happy, and bored, while post-binge feelings included anger, depression, and sickness. The high incidence of disordered eating behaviors, distorted attitudes, and poor coping mechanisms, underline the importance of educating students about healthy eating. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, William Paterson College.