Surveying Teens about Eating Disorders Cost-Effective

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  • August 11 2014, 6:57am EDT

A brief screening survey to identify teens at risk for an eating disorder could lead to earlier diagnosis and help find hard-to-detect cases, which could lower overall treatment costs and improve outcomes, Boston Children’s Hospital researchers say.

“Many cases of eating disorders go undetected for years. This may be because the stereotype that the typical teen with an eating disorder is a thin, affluent, white female. In reality, eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and both genders, and they affect people from all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds,” said senior study author Kendrin R. Sonneville.

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