Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Eating disorders in adolescence -- Prevention; Eating disorders in adolescence -- Treatment
An eating disorder is an obsession with food, weight, and body image that can lead to both physical and emotional problems (Mickley, 2001). The rate of eating disorders among girls between the ages of 9-13 is steadily rising (Herzog & Delinsky, 2001). It is estimated that approximately eight million girls and women in America have symptoms of some type of eating disorder, and this is a conservative number because many girls go undiagnosed (Meehan, 1990). Recently Schur, Sanders, and Steiner (2000) showed that 41 % of girls ages 9-10 desired a thinner body shape, which indicates that children are developing concerns about their bodies at younger ages.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
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©2002 Megan B. Tressel
Tressel, Megan B., "Fat is not a four-letter word : examining the factors that contribute to eating disorders in adolescent females and the role of school counselors in prevention and treatment" (2002). Graduate Research Papers. 1648.