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Pennsylvania Dept. of Health: Eating disorders among youth are rising

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania legislators, along with Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, joined eating disorder advocates to direct awareness about eating disorders and the resources to aid recovery.

According to the release, there are multiple warning signs for an eating disorder, including physical, mental, and emotional factors. Weight loss, dieting, and control of food are also warning signs.

Stereotypes point to the problem arising in young females, but anyone can be affected by the disorders.

"Eating disorders can affect every organ system in the body, including the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, neurological system, and endocrine system, and can be deadly," Dr. Levine said. "One person dies every 62 minutes as a direct result of an eating disorder, which is why it is so important that those struggling with an eating disorder get professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the chances of recovery."

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