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Personality Traits and Bulimia Nervosa

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  • John C. Ham, Daniela Iorio, Michelle Sovinsky

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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.

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  • John C. Ham, Daniela Iorio, Michelle Sovinsky, 2016. "Personality Traits and Bulimia Nervosa," Economics Working Papers ECO2016/14, European University Institute.
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    1. Khanam, Rasheda & Nghiem, Hong Son & Connelly, Luke B., 2009. "Child health and the income gradient: Evidence from Australia," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 805-817, July.
    2. Michelle S. Goeree & John C. Ham & Daniela Iorio, 2009. "Caught in the bulimic trap? Persistence and state dependence of bulimia among young women," IEW - Working Papers 447, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich, revised Jul 2012.
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    5. John C. Ham & Daniela Iorio & Michelle Sovinsky, 2013. "Caught in the Bulimic Trap?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 48(3), pages 736-767.
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    Keywords

    Bulimia Nervosa; Race; Income; Education;

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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health

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