Eating disorders strongly associated with self-harm behaviors

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A study of 1,432 patients between the ages of 10 and 21 has found that patients with an eating disorder are likely to engage in self-harming behaviors. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that behaviors such as cutting and burning one’s self were displayed in just over 40% of those enrolled in an eating disorder program between January 1997 and April 2008. According to Rebecka Peebles, MD, of Stanford University, one of the authors of the study, the findings indicate the need for increase screening for self-harming behaviors among this group. “We ask 97% of children 12 years and up if they smoke cigarettes… We need to get that good with screening for self-injurious behavior,” she said. Click here to read more about the findings of this study from ABC News.

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