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Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teen Problem
Jennifer Lombardi, director of admissions and outreach for the Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program, discusses myths and realities of a deadly disease affecting 10 million or more women and girls in the United States. Audio 23:57
Many of us assume that eating disorders only affect Caucasian women between 16 and 25, or that they're only an extreme form of dieting. But at the major facilities treating anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders, a majority of clients are over 25, and a significant percentage over 50. Only one in ten people suffering from these conditions seeks treatment, and a shocking one in ten dies from it.
Jennifer Lombardi is an anorexia survivor who is now a treatment professional and public educator.