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Medical News & Perspectives
March 15, 2000

Please Don't Pass the Paella: Eating Disorders Upset Spain

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JAMA. 2000;283(11):1405-1410. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1405

Barcelona—In an attempt to halt a surprising rise in the incidence and prevalence of eating disorders in the country, the Education and Culture Commission of the Spanish senate has approved a final report on nonmedical factors that contribute to the problem.

In the United States, the rise during the last decade of eating disorders—primarily anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa—has led to the creation of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program (organized by the National Mental Illness Screening Project), which promotes such events as Eating Disorders Awareness Week in mid February. Last month, many US hospitals and medical schools presented educational programs and provided an opportunity for people with such disorders to meet and talk with psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

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