November 22, 2016

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UBC studies examine eating disorder rates and suicide prevention for queer youth

Photo Credit To Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight

As Vancouver gears up for celebrating LGBT progress this weekend, two UBC studies released this month take a closer look at how LGBT youth are faring in high schools—and what still needs to be addressed.

Although social conditions may have improved in many areas for LGBT people, one UBC study has exposed a stark disparity in eating-disorder rates between sexual minority youth and their heterosexual peers while another UBC report reveals that greater LGBT inclusion can not only benefit LGBT and straight youth but also help save money and even save lives.

While eating disorder rates are in decline for straight youth, that’s doesn’t appear to be necessarily the case for LGBT adolescents.

A UBC study, published this month in the International Journal of Eating Disorders , has found that sexual minority teenagers have higher rates of eating disorders than their heterosexual peers.

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Post source : Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight

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