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Personality Traits and Bulimia Nervosa

John C. Ham, Daniela Iorio, Michelle Sovinsky
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Daniela Iorio (), Michelle Sovinsky and John Christopher Ham ()

No ECO2016/14, Economics Working Papers from European University Institute

Abstract: Bulimia Nervosa is a detrimental eating disorder that impacts millions of women. We examine the role played by socioeconomic factors and personality traits in bulimic behavior. Using data on eating disordered behavior from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study, we present results showing that personality traits are significant determinants of bulimic behavior, even after controlling for race and class. This finding suggests that policies based on both the SES characteristics and the personality traits will be more effective for targeting those at risk.

Keywords: Bulimia Nervosa; Race; Income; Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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