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U.S. Congressional group calls for government study on eating disorders

The Congressional National Eating Disorders Awareness Caucus has called on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to “undertake a review of the prevalence, mortality rate and economic impact of eating disorders in the United States.”

Signed by the caucus’ Co-Chairs, North Carolina Congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, and New York Congresswoman, Nita Lowey and caucus members, the request specifically asks that the GAO’s examination look into three areas:

  • Who and how many people suffer from eating disorders?
  • What is the risk of death among individuals with eating disorders?
  • What is the economic impact of eating disorders in the United States?

Other questions the study is looking to address are centred around the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs. Although the study will examine eating disorders in the United States, a better understanding of eating disorders can assist in the prevention and treatment of these issues in Canada as well.

For more information on eating disorders, check out the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week website or for ways to get help for yourself or a friend, go to our Help pages.