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Eating disorders still a problem among teens

Westbrook offers 24-hour line for those suffering

March 17, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Eating disorders, some of which can be life-threatening, continue to plague many, especially during the teen years. “It’s not always who we think is going to be affected....

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janeeyre1

Mar-17-13 10:22 AM

I'm confused? Is this an article trying to educate readers about the dangers of eating disorders in teens-or a shameless commercial for Westbrook? Sure seems like it! I love how these articles get planted in the paper that send conflicting-and often misleading-information to gulliable readers and pray on their fears and insecurities. For example, when I was a kid, if you got caught looking out the window during class you were day dreaming. Now Westbrook would call me ADHD-pump me full of meds and move on to the next candidate. This is the same thing they're doing with this eating disorders story. It's more about them getting clients for their job security. Have you been to their office? They have a built in pharmacy? Hello? Are they in the business of helping people or selling meds?

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Keerock

Mar-17-13 9:40 PM

Jane Error - The article is a human interest story (a story or report, as in a newspaper or on a newscast, designed to engage attention and sympathy by enabling one to identify readily with the people, problems, and situations described). Pamela Brust has written many of these articles for organizations such as The Children's Home Society, West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, Not For Sale Ministries, just to name a few.

This article contains 25 paragraphs, one of which supplies information about Westbrook and services they offer. Hardly equates to "shameless commercial" in my opinion.

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mamabear71

Mar-18-13 2:17 PM

This is a useful article. However, I'm not sure that losing weight to play a sport (wrestling, I presume?) should be considered an eating disorder. If attaining a weight for sports is done through TEMPORARY calorie reduction and excercise, then what's the problem?

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