Topical Section: Treatment Development and Disparities in Service Utilization
Comparative prevalence, correlates of impairment, and service utilization for eating disorders across US ethnic groups: Implications for reducing ethnic disparities in health care access for eating disorders
Article first published online: 27 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 5, pages 412–420, July 2011
How to Cite
Marques, L., Alegria, M., Becker, A. E., Chen, C.-n., Fang, A., Chosak, A. and Diniz, J. B. (2011), Comparative prevalence, correlates of impairment, and service utilization for eating disorders across US ethnic groups: Implications for reducing ethnic disparities in health care access for eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 412–420. doi: 10.1002/eat.20787
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 27 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 OCT 2009
- U01 MH 062209 from NIH (National Institute of Mental Health)
- anorexia nervosa;
- bulimia nervosa;
- Binge-eating disorder;
The study compared the prevalence, correlates of functional impairment, and service utilization for eating disorders across Latinos, Asians, and African Americans living in the United States to non-Latino Whites.
Pooled data from the NIMH Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiological Studies (CPES;NIMH, 2007) were used.
The prevalence of anorexia nervosa (AN) and binge-eating disorder (BED) were similar across all groups examined, but bulimia nervosa (BN) was more prevalent among Latinos and African Americans than non-Latino Whites. Despite similar prevalence of BED among ethnic groups examined, lifetime prevalence of any binge eating (ABE) was greater among each of the ethnic minority groups in comparison to non-Latino Whites. Lifetime prevalence of mental health service utilization was lower among ethnic minority groups studied than for non-Latino Whites for respondents with a lifetime history of any eating disorder.
These findings suggest the need for clinician training and health policy interventions to achieve optimal and equitable care for eating disorders across all ethnic groups in the United States. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2011)