Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Teenage boys and girls dieting more to stay thin

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A new and potential frightening U.S. study just released this week concluded that purging and exercising to stay slim are still all the rage of teenage girls in America. But, increasingly, teenage boys are increasingly joining the club as well.

The preoccupation of staying abnormally thin is just as odd as those teenagers who eat everything in sight and wonder why they're overweight, but in many cases, its the females who follow the slimming down strategy -- not the boys.

In the study, researchers found that between 1995 and 2005, 54 percent of girls dieted, 10 percent used diet products, and eight percent admitted to purging. In addition, 24 percent of boys observed in the study said they dieted. The surprise: that percentage rose every year within the 10-year study period.

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