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Why aren’t teens seeking eating disorder treatment?

A study found out that only twenty percent of teens with eating disorders get treatment from a medical professional. They surveyed thirteen to eighteen year olds from the nation that had eating disorders. Girls were 2.2 times more likely to get help than boys. Teens with anorexia or bulimia nervosa were 2.4 and 1.9 times more likely, respectively, to get help than teens with binge eating disorders. Teens that have had a mental health disorder and got treatment were 1.7 times more likely to get help than those who haven’t received treatment.

Key Takeaways:

  • A study from the University of Miami (Ohio) learned that only 20% of teens aged 13-18 sought treatment for their eating disorders.
  • Girls in the study were twice as likely as boys to seek treatment. Also, older teens are more likely to get treatment than younger teens.
  • Parents and members of the community can help present positive role models to help teens avoid the development of eating disorders.

“40% of teenaged girls have some type of eating disorder, and 91% try to control their weight through dieting.”

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