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Running head: Binge Drinking/Eating

The Dangers of Binge Drinking and Disordered Eating in College Students
Sohrab Alem Mortazavi
Diablo Valley College

The Dangers of Binge Drinking and Disordered Eating in College Students

My hope for this literature review is to shine some light on a prevalent issue that affects college students all over the United States. Binge drinking and eating disorders are becoming the two biggest health-related issues on college campuses. They can lead to alcohol abuse, obesity, and a host of other ailments. A web-based study (Weeder, 2011) from a private university collected data using a very descriptive self-report survey. The students were offered extra credit if they completed the survey. The students were emailed, and also told that not completing the survey would not hurt their grade. They used courses that represented a large cross-section of students. A total of 211 undergraduate students participated in the study. They used male and female samples. Binge drinking in this sample was very high for males, 86% of male students and 63% of females reported binge drinking within the past two weeks. Binge eating was reported lass than binge drinking 48% of the sample was reported. The percentage of females who did both was 34% and for males it was 39%. The results of this survey were high compared to the national date comprised before hand. Also the students of this survey were predominately white and have been known to binge drink more than other racial groups (Wechsler, 2002) There are some limitations that can affect the validity of the survey. Students could have been untruthful when answering the survey; also extra credit was offered to them to complete the survey. Women also had more risky weight loss behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diet pills, and skipping meals.

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