Date of Award

Fall 12-2019

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Child and Family Studies

First Advisor

Holly Huye

Advisor Department

Nutrition and Food Systems


Eating disorders have become a subject of concern for college-aged young adults in recent years. Risk factors like social media use are contributing to an increase in affected students, and research suggests that gender along with other variables plays a significant role. This thesis examined the current research on eating disorders and risk factors associated with their development. Through an online survey, information from freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi regarding their current eating behaviors, feelings toward food and body, and demographic information was collected. Data collected indicated the student population’s level of disordered eating, which was compared with the findings of previous research.

Included in

Nutrition Commons