Event Title

Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Military Personnel

Presenter Information

Meghan Livingston, Nursing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jean Coffey

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 5:00 PM

Abstract

Eating disorders are largely understudied issues that affect all demographics. Members of the military may be at increased risk for these illnesses due to various features of military culture that jeopardize physical and mental health. Literature examining the prevalence of eating disorders in active and non-active military samples has depicted that self-reported symptoms of these disorders are prevalent among this population. Findings from these studies highlight the necessity to increase screening efforts for these disorders, particularly in male and female veterans. These members may be at increased risk due to experiences of military sexual trauma and certain comorbidities that may have manifested during their time serving. This paper recommends that healthcare professionals employed by the Veterans Administration (VA) are educated about the risk factors for these disorders in veterans, so that an effective screening tool can be implemented into current mental health assessments, which will permit early detection and intervention for eating disorder symptoms. This serves as a crucial first step to enhancing awareness about the risk of eating disorder development in military veterans, and helping those currently struggling with these severe illnesses to receive appropriate treatment and achieve long-lasting recovery.

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Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Military Personnel

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Eating disorders are largely understudied issues that affect all demographics. Members of the military may be at increased risk for these illnesses due to various features of military culture that jeopardize physical and mental health. Literature examining the prevalence of eating disorders in active and non-active military samples has depicted that self-reported symptoms of these disorders are prevalent among this population. Findings from these studies highlight the necessity to increase screening efforts for these disorders, particularly in male and female veterans. These members may be at increased risk due to experiences of military sexual trauma and certain comorbidities that may have manifested during their time serving. This paper recommends that healthcare professionals employed by the Veterans Administration (VA) are educated about the risk factors for these disorders in veterans, so that an effective screening tool can be implemented into current mental health assessments, which will permit early detection and intervention for eating disorder symptoms. This serves as a crucial first step to enhancing awareness about the risk of eating disorder development in military veterans, and helping those currently struggling with these severe illnesses to receive appropriate treatment and achieve long-lasting recovery.