Study says that teens having eating disorders are prone to suicide

March 15th, 2011 - 11:56 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Mar 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has found that teenagers suffering from eating disorders are more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

According to the study, the main eating disorders that teenagers suffer from are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge disorder. The number-one eating disorder in teens according to the study is binge eating disorder.

The study involved the review of data on more than 10,000 teenagers and it is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. About 1.6 percent of the study subjects were found to have binge-disorder far higher than the 0.3 percent who have anorexia. 0.9 percent of the subjects were found to be suffering from bulimia.

The study was published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

The researchers became disturbed following revelation that these eating disorders have links to psychological disorders. It was found that those with anorexia were 1.8 more likely to have a social phobia than other people. The figure was the lowest in those with eating disorders. Teenagers suffering from binge-eating disorders were 5.9 times more likely to have a social phobia while those with bulimia had 3.9 times increased risk of having social phobia.

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