Adolescent eating disorders a major public health concern

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Adolescents experience eating disorders at only slightly lower rates than adults do. According to Kathleen Merikangas, PhD, of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., adolescents that do have an eating disorder are likely to have at least one associated comorbidity, as well as suicidal thoughts. The findings, reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry, indicated that while adolescents may be willing to seek help for psychological comorbidities, most of the time they do not seek treatment for the eating disorder itself. The authors concluded that the study “…provides key information concerning the epidemiology of eating disorders among teens and shows that they represent a major public health concern.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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