Eating Disorders in Latinos

On the live broadcast of PsychTalk on January 10, 2012, Dr. Mae Lynn Reyes-Rodriguez explained that eating disorders are just as common in Latinos as in Americans in general. She has seen this in Puerto Rico, where she helped establish a culturally sensitive therapeutic program, as well in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she now works. Her goal is not only to raise awareness about anorexia and bulimia in Latin Americans but also to make treatments culturally appropriate. For Latinos this often means involving the extended family in treatment, using simple Spanish, incorporating spirituality and fostering a warm bond between therapists and patients.

Latinas over 18 are encouraged to participate in her latest research: Project PAS. (En español: Invitamos latinoamericanas mayores de 18 años a participar en el Proyecto PAS).

To learn more, check out Dr. Reyes-Rodriguez’s research (Pubmed link). Her studies look at eating disorder prevalence, recovery and connections to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).