Title

The Relationship between Drunkorexia and Body Satisfaction

Presenter Information

Jordan HoberFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Sociology

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Dr. karlsson

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Poster Presentation

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The Relationship between Drunkorexia and Body Satisfaction

According to Barry and Piazza-Gardner (2012), drunkorexia is a combination of anorexic behavior while binge drinking. Anorexic behavior is practiced in order to reduce the number of calories gained while binge drinking. Previous research has shown that college students are at a higher risk of drunkorexia than other populations (Burke, Cremeens, Vail-Smith, & Woolsey, 2010). Research has also shown the practice of drunkorexia can lead to more black outs, hangovers, harassment, and rape (White &Hingson, 2014). Prior studies have looked at the prevalence of drunkorexia in college populations, but very little research has been done on why people practice drunkorexia. In the current study, 58 female participants (91.4 % white with a mean age of 19.4) were recruited to participate in an online survey that measured depression, anxiety, stress, body satisfaction, levels of drinking, and drunkorexia practices. It was hypothesized that participants practicing drunkorexia would have higher scores in stress, depression, anxiety, and body dissatisfaction. Preliminary results show that there is a correlation between the practice of drunkorexia and body dissatisfaction (r= 0.339, p=0.009). There was no correlation found between drunkorexia and stress, anxiety, and depression. These results suggest there could be a relationship between disordered eating while consuming alcohol because of body dissatisfaction. The findings of this study may be able to decrease the practice of drunkorexia while also decreasing body dissatisfaction.

Keywords:drunkorexia, body satisfaction, depression, anxiety, stress

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The Relationship between Drunkorexia and Body Satisfaction

The Relationship between Drunkorexia and Body Satisfaction

According to Barry and Piazza-Gardner (2012), drunkorexia is a combination of anorexic behavior while binge drinking. Anorexic behavior is practiced in order to reduce the number of calories gained while binge drinking. Previous research has shown that college students are at a higher risk of drunkorexia than other populations (Burke, Cremeens, Vail-Smith, & Woolsey, 2010). Research has also shown the practice of drunkorexia can lead to more black outs, hangovers, harassment, and rape (White &Hingson, 2014). Prior studies have looked at the prevalence of drunkorexia in college populations, but very little research has been done on why people practice drunkorexia. In the current study, 58 female participants (91.4 % white with a mean age of 19.4) were recruited to participate in an online survey that measured depression, anxiety, stress, body satisfaction, levels of drinking, and drunkorexia practices. It was hypothesized that participants practicing drunkorexia would have higher scores in stress, depression, anxiety, and body dissatisfaction. Preliminary results show that there is a correlation between the practice of drunkorexia and body dissatisfaction (r= 0.339, p=0.009). There was no correlation found between drunkorexia and stress, anxiety, and depression. These results suggest there could be a relationship between disordered eating while consuming alcohol because of body dissatisfaction. The findings of this study may be able to decrease the practice of drunkorexia while also decreasing body dissatisfaction.

Keywords:drunkorexia, body satisfaction, depression, anxiety, stress