The Wall Street Journal (10/22, D2, Wang, Subscription Publication) reports that anti-obesity messages may be pushing teens and children into developing eating disorders. The Journal notes that, according to a recent study, nearly 35% of Barcelona hospital patients were treated for eating disorders in 2010, compared to 13% in 2001. Though recent concerns regarding obesity have overshadowed the dangers of eating disorders, experts say extremes hovering near either end of the spectrum may damage one’s body and health. The article also mentions that the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (the DSM-5) has updated criteria for eating disorders.
— “Eating-Disorder Dilemma: When Overweight Turns to Dangerously Thin, “Shirley S. Wang, The Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2013.