December 26, 2012
Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM PDT
Now that Christmas is over, many people will make it their goal in 2013 to eat better and lose weight. For many teenage girls losing weight is more than just a goal, it's a disorder. Recent study shows adolescent girls, who engage in binge “eating” double the risk of becoming obese.18-percent of American adolescents are obese, about 20-percent of adolescent girls exhibit disordered eating habits at some point an alarming percentage that rivals obesity.
Jennifer Lombardi with Fresno summit eating disorders said some people may not understand how the two go together, though viewed as polar opposites, both eating disorders and obesity may spring from the same causes, such as a pre-occupation with dieting and dissatisfaction with body image. Concerns are also sprouting up that obesity-prevention programs can unintentionally lead someone into developing a severe eating disorder or other mental illnesses. For example, overweight teens and adolescents, already bullied, could face an increase in shame, depression and even self-harm if they are.