Study Shows Eating Disorders on the Rise in India ( Source: Journal of Mental Health and Human Behavior; Mayo Clinic )

Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight as well as an intense fear of gaining weight, is on the rise in female youth in India acccording to a recent study.

The 2016 study by The Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) found the increase is fueled by economic changes, rapid urbanization, increased women’s participation inthe workforce, the effect of globalization, and targeted advertisements. These phenomenon are often accompanied by shift of diet from traditional balanced to carbohydrate-rich western diet. It is reported that the concept of “thin body” is promoted among urban, girls through mass media that may lead to dissatisfaction to their body weight.

Anorexia can have numerous complications. At its most severe, it can be fatal. If you suspect your teen may be struggling with this disease, it is important to consult a doctor.
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