Genetics, Mental Health May Be Risk Factors for Teen Eating Disorders

Genetics, Mental Health May Be Risk Factors for Teen Eating Disorders

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Genetics, Mental Health May Be Risk Factors for Teen Eating Disorders

Genetic predisposition, mental health symptoms, personality traits, substance abuse, and high body mass index (BMI) all are early risk factors for eating disorders in adolescence, a study has determined. These findings may have clinical implications for preventing and treating disordered eating behaviors, especially among teenagers, the investigators said. Titled “Association of Genetic and Phenotypic Assessments With Onset of Disordered Eating Behaviors and Comorbid Mental Health Problems Among Adolescents,” the study appeared in the journal JAMA Network…

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