Prevalence of eating disorders in Latina adolescents: Associations with substance use and other correlates

Teresa Granillo, Gina Jones-Rodriguez, Scott C. Carvajal

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Purpose: To estimate the occurrence and correlates of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa-related symptoms in a Latina sample of U.S. adolescents. Method: Approximately 1866 Latinas ranging in age from 11-20 years old are included in this study. These adolescents are a sub-sample from the National Longitudinal Survey on Adolescent Health. Along with self-reports of eating disorder-related variables, we measured related biological, contextual, behavioral, and psychosocial correlates, including use of various substances. Conclusion: Chi-square analysis showed the prevalence in all Latina sub-groups was relatively consistent with the U.S. trends. Latinas of higher socioeconomic status were more at risk for eating disorders. Body dissatisfaction, negative affectivity, substance use, and low self-esteem were all positively correlated with eating disorder symptoms. These results suggest screening and treatment services are needed across groups of Latina adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-220
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Adolescents
  • Bulimia
  • Eating disorders
  • Latinas
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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