You are a body first, and your body is not yours alone

When researchers followed a group of 496 adolescent girls for 8 years, until they were 20, they found:

5.2% of the girls met criteria for DSM5 anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder.

When the researchers included nonspecific eating disorder symptoms, a total of 13.2% of the girls had suffered from a DSM-5 eating disorder by age 20. (NEDA)

BDD appears to be relatively common. Epidemiologic studies have reported a point prevalence of 0.7% to 2.4% in the general population. These studies suggest that BDD is more common than disorders such as schizophrenia or anorexia nervosa.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › pmc)

One in five girls and young women in England aged 16 to 24 have cut, burned or poisoned themselves, according to research that mental health experts said was “very worrying”. (Guardian)

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