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Eating Disorders and Body Image Lab

The Eating Disorders Lab and body Image Lab is located in room 104 at the Graduate Center at NDSU. For more information, please contact Dr. Beth Blodgett Salafia at

About the Research

The rates of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image disturbances are increasing among male and female adolescents and young adults. It is imperative to understand the nature of these disorders as well as the factors associated with their development. Personal characteristics as well as family, peer, romantic partner, and other soiocultural influences play a significant role and are thoroughly investigated in the following three studies.

Research Projects

Eating Attitudes Study (EATS)

EATS is a 2-year longitudinal study of over 200 middle school and high school adolescent girls and boys. The study is an examination of parent, sibling, peer, and individual influences on disordered eating attitudes and behaviors (including body dissatisfaction, dieting, bulimic symptoms, drive for mascularity).

Graduate student thesis projects: Mallary Schaefer, Amanda Bulat, Emily Haugen, Christina Smestad

Body Image and Sexual Activity Study (BISA)

BISA is a collaboration between faculty members Beth Blodgett Salafia and Kristen Benson. This study is an examination of the relations among over 500 female college students’ sexual activity, sexual attitudes, feelings about sex, body image, disordered eating, and religiosity.

Graduate students thesis projects: Jessica Lemer, Karisa Meyhuber, Andrea Frietag, Shauna Erickson, KJ Henschel

Causes of Eating Disorders Study (CED)

CED is a qualitative examination of people’s perceptions about the causes of eating disorders. Two samples participated in this study: one sample of over 200 individuals without eating disorders and one sample of approximately 60 individuals with eating disorders.



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