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Just two per cent of female teenagers say they have never suffered from eating or body issues, according to a recent study.
The study, from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, also found that only seven per cent of men never had issues around eating or with their bodies.
'This - Everyone - Point - Issues - Health
'This means that practically everyone is affected at some point by one of these concerning issues, which are harmful to their health and that could also affect the health of their future families,' lead author and professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer said.
The most prevalent issues for both gender was unhealthy weight-control behaviors, and some were dealing with three or four problems at a time.
Research - Problems - Gain - Teenager - Life
The research also showed that problems around eating and weight gain as a teenager tended to persist later in life.
'As a society, we need to accept that people come in different shapes and sizes,' professor Neumark-Sztainer said.
Researchers - Participants - Project - EAT - Eating
The researchers surveyed 1,455 participants for Project EAT, or: Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults.
Every five years, beginning in 1998, the participants were asked to fill out a survey with details of their health, diet, physical activity and anything they did to control their weight.
Results - Cent - Women
The results show that around 78 per cent of women had at...
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