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Going Back to School Can Trigger Eating Disorders
Date:10/10/2007

Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders Reports Eating Disorders Develop or

Worsen Upon Returning to School

PHOENIX, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders, http://www.remudaranch.com, the nation's leading eating disorder treatment center, reports eating disorders can develop or worsen upon returning to school. A majority of eating disorders begin at ages 14 and 18, when young women enter either high school or college. Statistics show 91 percent of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting and 22 percent said they dieted "often" or "always."

"Starting a new school can create an enormous amount of anxiety for young women," said Jennifer Lafferty PhD, staff psychologist at Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders. "Going to a new school means entering a new social environment where one's social status is unclear. The majority of teens today associate being thin with being attractive, popular and well-liked by others."

In addition to fitting into a new social environment, academic stress at a new school can also contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. If a teen feels that she is failing to live up to either internally or externally imposed standards of academic success, she may begin to compensate by pursuing success or perfection in other areas of her life over which she believes she has greater control, such as her weight.

"The first year of college often involves leaving everything that is safe and familiar including friends, family and routines," adds Lafferty. "Many teens will turn to disordered eating in an attempt to regain a sense of control, safety or comfort and some will turn to overeating and emotional eating in an effort to feel comforted or to numb out painful emotions. Some may develop patterns of binging and purging, which often serve to alleviate built up stress and re
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