ERIC Number: EJ1045009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
"Drunkorexia": Exploring the Who and Why of a Disturbing Trend in College Students' Eating and Drinking Behaviors
Eisenberg, Miriam H.; Fitz, Caroline C.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n8 p570-577 2014
Objective: "Drunkorexia," limiting food intake before alcohol consumption, increases college students' risk for negative alcohol-related health consequences. The current study tested whether (1) women engage in drunkorexia more frequently than men; (2) weight control motivations explain sex differences in drunkorexia; and (3) among women, weight control motivations are a particularly strong predictor of drunkorexia for heavier drinkers. Participants: Undergraduate males and females (N = 63) recruited during fall of 2011. Methods: Participants self-reported their alcohol consumption, drunkorexia, and weight control motivations online. Results: Findings supported hypotheses: weight control motivations explained why women engage in drunkorexia more than men; and the weight control motivation ? drunkorexia relation was strongest for heavier- (vs lighter-) drinking women. Conclusion: Women have more weight concerns than men, which makes them more likely to engage in drunkorexia. Heavy-drinking women with strong weight control motivations are at greatest risk for drunkorexia. Interventions should help students more safely reconcile pressures to be thin and drink alcohol.
Descriptors: College Students, Eating Habits, Drinking, Body Weight, Body Composition, Change, Gender Differences, Undergraduate Students, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, At Risk Persons, Measures (Individuals), Demography, Student Characteristics, Correlation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A