The relationships among religious affiliation, religious angst, and disordered eating

  • K. Gates
  • Mary Pritchard
Brief Report


Although religion is thought to be a positive aspect of life, sometimes that is not always the case. One potentially negative effect of religion is the way people learn to perceive their bodies. Although many studies have examined factors that influence disordered eating (e.g., gender, self-esteem), few studies have examined the relationships among disordered eating and religious affiliation and religious angst. In the present study of 330 undergraduates, we found that Catholics and Christians displayed significantly more disordered eating than did other students. In addition, individuals scoring high on religious angst also reported more disordered eating behaviors than did other students. Implications for counseling will be discussed.

Key words

Religious affiliation religious angst college students disordered eating 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoise State UniversityBoise, IdahoUSA

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