Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Eating Disorders as a Result of Military Sexual Trauma in Veterans

Veterans who screen positive for MST are at differentially greater risk for PTSD, depression, substance misuse, and homelessness.

Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) are at higher risk for post-deployment eating disorders (EDs), according to a new study1 conducted by Rebecca Blais, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Utah State University in Logan, and colleagues.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MST affects 25% of female and 1% of male veterans and includes “any sexual activity where a service member is involved against his or her will.”2


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