Boulder teens to lobby Congress to improve treatment of eating disorders

BYBA students with Representative Patrick Kennedy.
BYBA students with Representative Patrick Kennedy.
Jim Knapp Photography

Colorado has a reputation as one of the healthiest places in the country -- and in many regards, it is. But while this state's residents may be more successful than most at resisting over-consumption, that doesn't mean Coloradans are without food issues.

According to a 2007 Boulder County youth-risk behavior study, 49 percent of girls are engaging in unhealthy weight-control behavior and 19 percent of boys are doing the same. The survey also found that almost 7 percent of girls and 3 percent of boys in Boulder County have exhibited eating-disorder behavior. Averages for Colorado as a whole are similar.

So tomorrow, eight Boulder high school students will be in Washington, DC, to lobby in support of the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act, which would provide better health-care treatment for those with eating disorders. For the full story, head to the Latest Word.

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