First Advisor

Jan Just

Date of Award

Winter 3-24-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and University Honors






Binge eating disorder, Iraq veterans, Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, Afghanistan veterans


Eating disorders disrupt the psychological wellbeing, work ability and daily functioning of many individuals. There is currently no data to compare the prevalence of eating disorders in the general public compared to the military population. The hypothesis was that the military population would be significantly higher in prevalence compared to the general population within the general eating disorder, subcategories of eating disorders and between sex. To analyze the data collected from two studies, sixteen two-proportion Z tests were conducted to determine if the proportions of DSM-V eating disorders differed within and between sex for total incidence and sub-category incidence for specific types of eating disorders. The results find a significant difference between the prevalence of DSM-V eating disorders in the military population compared to the general population, with the military population having a higher incidence. When comparing both the general population and the military members focusing on sex differences, in all cases females show a higher incidence of overall DSM-V eating disorders than males based on the sample proportion.

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