Eating Disorders Gaining Popularity in High Schools

This is a study that took place in Ontario, Canada in 2001. 1,739 girls ranging from 12-18 years old participated in a questionnaire designed to determine the prevalence of disordered eating habits and negative self-image perceptions among the girls. “Disordered eating attitudes and behaviours were present in over 27% of girls aged 12–18 years”, in addition, it was noted that the older girls in the study were more likely to partake in the behaviors. This is something that I feel very passionately about and I want to someday help teens who are battling eating disorders by playing a role in changing the way they see not only food, but themselves. The study goes in depth on the frequency of a variety of different behaviors throughout the different ages and discusses which are the most common.

Disordered eating attitudes and behaviours in teenaged girls: a school-based study


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