Prevalence of eating disorders among blacks in the national survey of American life
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2007
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: International Journal of Eating Disorders Special Supplement on Diagnosis and Classification
Volume 40, Issue S3, pages S10–S14, November 2007
How to Cite
Taylor, J. Y., Caldwell, C. H., Baser, R. E., Faison, N. and Jackson, J. S. (2007), Prevalence of eating disorders among blacks in the national survey of American life. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: S10–S14. doi: 10.1002/eat.20451
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUL 2007
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Numbers: 1P01 MH58565, 1T32 MH67555, U01-MH57716
- National Institute on Aging. Grant Number: 5R01 AG02020282
- National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
- National Institute on Drug
- eating disorders;
- age of onset;
- gender differences
To provide information on the characteristics of eating disorders based on nationally representative samples of African American and Caribbean Black adults and adolescents.
Conducted between 2001 and 2003 the National Survey of American Life (NSAL) interviewed adults (n = 5,191) and adolescents (n = 1,170) in their homes. Professionally trained interviewers used the WMH Composite International Diagnostic Interview (WMH-CIDI-WHO Organization 2004-modified) to assess DSM-IV TR eating disorders.
Anorexia was the rarest eating disorder among African American adults and adolescents, with age of onset for adults in mid adolescence. No 12-month case of anorexia was found among Caribbean Black adults. Binge eating was the most prevalent eating disorder among adults and adolescents. Persistence of disorders was lowest for anorexia and highest for binge eating disorder among adults.
Prevalence of eating disorders within the U.S. Black population varies by type of disorder, age cohort, gender, and ethnic group among adults, and by type of disorder among adolescents. Clinicians need preparation and training to recognize and treat eating disorders in ethnically-diverse patient populations. Int J Eat Disord 2007 © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.