Don't Drink, Don't Smoke, What Do You Do? A Look at Food Use and Substance Use Among Mormons
Long Beach, California
California State University
This study explored the relationships between religiosity and eating disorders and drug use among LDS (Mormon) and non-LDS persons. It was hypothesized that, because of church sanctions against drug use, addictive behavior would be lower in one area (drug use) but higher in another area (disordered eating) among LDS persons. The study's results did not support this hypothesis, but did suggest the importance of religion as an agent of social control. LDS persons were found to have similar rates of eating disorder symptomology, but lower rates of drug use, compared to non-LDS persons. Among the non-LDS group, but not the LDS group, religiosity was associated with lower drug use, and religious beliefs but not behaviors were associated with higher eating disorder symptomology. Possible explanations were explored, and recommendations for further research and practice were identified.