Teens With Eating Disorders May Also Self-Injure


Teens with eating disorders may also self-injure – Privacy Policy: www.cnn.com Adolescents with eating disorders may also be harming their own bodies by cutting or burning themselves, a new study finds. The study, in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that about 41 percent of patients with eating disorders engaged in self-injurious behaviors. Because patients with eating disorders aren’t always screened for harming themselves by self-injury, that number could be much higher, said study author Dr. Rebecka Peebles. “These behaviors can be hidden and we want to know about them so that we can address them concurrently in treatment,” said Peebles, formerly of Stanford University and now at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Peebles and colleagues looked at the records of more than 1400 patients ages 10 to 21 who entered the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s eating disorders program from January 1997 to April 2008. A little more than 90 percent of patients were female, and 75 percent were white. Fewer than 50 percent of the records showed that a health care provider had asked about patients deliberately harming themselves, the study found. Previous research has found that people who tend to injure themselves deliberately are older, white, female, suffer from bulimia nervosa, or have a history of substance abuse. Patients who had these qualities were more likely to be questioned about self-injury at the eating disorders program, Peebles and colleagues found. She is concerned that this may be an


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