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Youth who overeat more likely to take up drugs: Study

Published on Dec 11, 2012 11:12 AM
 
Children and teens who reported overeating, including binge eating, were more likely to start using marijuana and other drugs, according to a United States study looking at over 10,000 youths. -- ST PHOTO: CHUA CHIN HON

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Children and teens who reported overeating, including binge eating, were more likely to start using marijuana and other drugs, according to a United States study looking at over 10,000 youths.

Binge eating, defined by loss of control during overeating, was also tied to a higher chance of depression and becoming overweight or obese, researchers writing in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine said.

"Physicians and parents should be aware that both overeating and binge eating are quite common in adolescents, and these problems put them at risk for other problems, such as drug use,"said lead author Kendrin Sonneville, from Boston Children's Hospital.

"The earlier we can screen for who is at risk, the more able we are to prevent the onset of drug use."

 
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