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Unhealthy weight-control more likely among overweight, obese young adults

A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine showed that 29% of women and 15% of men ages 18 to 24 who were overweight or obese practiced unhealthy weight-control methods, such as binging, purging, vomiting and using laxatives or diuretics, compared with 16% of women and 7.5% of men who were normal weight or underweight. However, the findings showed a twofold higher likelihood of eating disorder diagnoses among those who were normal weight or underweight, which the lead researcher said may be due to under-recognition of these problems in people who are overweight or obese.

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