The number of LGBT teens having eating disorders is terrifying


An extensive study by some of the top US eating disorder centres in the country has revealed that LGBT+ US teens are more than 10 times as likely to have anorexia or bulimia as straight people of the same age. Of the LGBTQ youth surveyed, 54% of the participants indicated that they had suffered from different kinds of eating disorders. “The results make it clear that troubling numbers of LGBTQ youth are affected by eating disorders and self-harm,” said the National Eating Disorders Association, noting that it is necessary to raise awareness of eating disorders to make it possible for everybody to receive help and support to those who need it. And according to the project, 88% of those suffering with eating disorders have attempted suicide. 1,305 self-identified LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24 from across the US were surveyed in the study. The research reaffirms the struggle that LGBT+ youth experience with eating disorders.


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