Learn about Body Image Disorders in Teens, at Forum

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Byline: Rupa Shenoy

Instead of growing, too many girls shrink in high school.

Consumed by perceived pressures, they put their lives at stake to fulfill a physical ideal.

Once ingrained, anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders trigger a chain reaction of mental illness, pushing their victim toward self-destruction, according to the National Institute for Mental Health.

The Geneva Coalition for Youth is trying to head off these problems among area teens, or teach them and parents to identify signs of eating disorders, so that they can be addressed.

From 7 to 9 p.m. today in the cafeteria of Geneva Middle School, 1215 Viking Drive, the coalition is holding a community forum on eating disorders.

About 150 high schoolers and parents attended the coalition's last event on adolescent depression. Despite the fact that it may not be cool, teens spoke up during the presentation and approached speakers afterward with their concerns.

Tonight, Kammie Juzwin, a psychologist from Alexian Brothers Hospital, will explain the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Attendees will learn what to do if they think they or others are afflicted with the conditions.

The forum is open to parents, teachers, students, and community leaders from inside and out of Geneva.

For more information, call Mary Lu O'Halloran at (630) 232-6039.

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