July 18, 2008
Say NO to Eating Disorders-Together
Researchers have foundthat family meals may protect against anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and compulsive overeating in girls. The results of the study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that girls who shared meals with their families five or more times per week were nearly 30 percent less likely to exhibit disordered eating behavior-including the use of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, and vomiting-than giris who had family meals less often, Researchers also noted that children who share regular family meals are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and are more psychosocially well adjusted. Eating disorders and preoccupation with body image are prevalent in American girls; among those 11 to 13 years old, approximately 50 percent consider themselves overweight, while 80 percent of 13-year- old girls have attempted to lose weight.
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