Essay: Ethnic Identity and Eating Disorders
This theoretical orientation is believed to have been jumpstarted and developed by the most recent research by researchers like Nielsen, (2000); Arriaza & Mann, (2001); Topping, (2001); who conducted their studies guided by the theoretical orientation of ethnic groups to study the prevalence of eating disordered behaviors and attitudes, body image concerns and eating disorders. For instance the study with Asian-American women was conducted by Kambara et al, (1998), African-American women by Nielsen, (2000), Asian by Tsai et al., (2003) and white (Cachelin et al., 2001).
These studies indicated prevalence of eating disordered behaviors and attitudes, body image concerns and eating disorders among varied ethnic groups. The conclusion reached after study conducted with samples of all these ethnically diverse groups, depicted they exhibit eating disordered behaviors and attitudes, body image concerns and eating disorders and not immune. In addition to this, these studies revealed that women who associate, identify with and interact with white majority culture are more likely to adopt whites’ attitudes about dieting excessively and being extremely thin like African American women. Therefore, may be at risk for developing disordered eating behavior and attitudes.