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Thursday July 07, 2011

Eating disorders may become habitual patterns of coping throughout life

A study published in July’s issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that unhealthy eating patterns that start in childhood or teen years can spill over. They may even intensify with age. Data from the 10-year study that followed 2,287 teens through early adulthood showed a sharp increase with age — 8.4 percent to 20.4 percent — in the number of young women resorting to extreme measures to control their weight.

The results are not a complete surprise to those working in the field of eating disorders. Individuals afflicted with an eating disorder tend to relapse during times of stress. Food restriction becomes a habit of coping - a soothing ritual that has become embedded in the way they manage anxiety.

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