The Frightening Trend of Anorexia

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MSNBC recently released a story called “Fighting Anorexia: No One to Blame” which demonstrates a disturbing new trend–anorexia is striking victims at earlier ages, with some patients entering a treatment program at only 8 or 9 years of age.

The current trends in anorexia suggest that the disease may have a more biological basis than originally thought. Anorexia is culturally viewed as a disease the strikes young white women from wealthy families, but anorexia is now rising among males, minorities, and women.

How can parent help diminish the chances of anorexia? The article states that having family dinners together–instead of fast food in the back of the SUV–may be a key factor in lowering the risk for anorexia in children.

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