Eating Disorders Hit 500K Teens
3% of teens affected by binge-eating, bulimia, or anorexia
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Overall, 3% of teens had a lifetime prevalence of one of the disorders.   (?daniellehelm)

(Newser) – An eating disorder study being billed as the largest analysis of US teens ever is returning some depressingly large numbers: More than half a million have had an eating disorder, according to government research. Binge-eating was the most common disorder, found in 1.5% of teens studied, followed by bulimia (1%) and anorexia (0.3%); another 3% had bothersome symptoms, but not a full-fledged disorder. While the percentages may seem low, they're actually slightly higher than what have been observed in other studies, reports the AP.

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Mar 8, 2011 7:32 PM CST
my sister had an ongoing battle with weight after she birthed 3 children. my nephews. she became obsessed with losing weight. she obtained pills, i think they were heart shaped, although i'm not sure. but i clearly remember that at age 14 i raided the medicine cabinet and took some. after i got out on my own at age 18 i became obsessed with weight. at 119 lbs. i thought i was over weight. i remember maniacally wrapping myself in plastic, like shrink wrap and dancing to sweat off lbs. i went from doctor to doctor to get scripts for dexedrine , or black beauties. at one point i became so paranoid i threw them out into the snow for i heard vocies coming through the phone line. fast forward a few years to '76 i opened up a shop selling recycled clothing, period clothing and collectibles. i ate a bite of pepperoni and nothing much more. i could not figure out why my pants were falling off my ass. a customer came in and asked " are you alright? i moved the shop to another location. another customer came in and found me on the floor. i was unable to get up. i closed shop. i ended up working at xerox. i was absolutely obsessed with deadlines, and self-image. by then i had gotten into diazepam. this was even better. by the time xerox busted me for being unable to to my job, and i was unceremoniously walked, by security out of xerox square i had reached a "bottom". i went into a high class detox and all that i remember is i kept checking my watch. it's time for this, time for that. back to the discussion.... i was taken to hazleton, pa for rehab. for an eating disorder.had to report to the director about what i would eat for the day. at check in i weighed 106 lbs. wish i still had that fire in my belly. still obsessed with weight.
Mar 8, 2011 3:25 PM CST
Mar 8, 2011 11:02 AM CST
The numbers actually should be much higher, as consistent overeating (not just binge-eating) that causes obesity should be considered an eating disorder.