Eating Disorders May Begin Before Puberty

HealthDay (10/14, Preidt) reports that according to a study presented Oct. 7 at the Eating Disorders Association of Canada’s annual meeting, “eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues.”

After evaluating some 215 eight- to 12-year-old children, researchers found that “more than 15 percent of the kids made themselves vomit occasionally, and about 13 percent had bulimic-like behaviors.” Notably, “psychiatric problems were present in 36 percent of the children’s families, and many of the children had mental health issues such as anxiety and mood and attention disorders, the study found.”

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— “Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, October 13, 2014.

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