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Survey: Eating disorders among teen boys in LA are on the rise

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Startling new research finds that boys and young men in L.A. are struggling with eating disorders. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the LA Unified School District, boys here are twice as likely as young men in the rest of the country to induce vomiting or use laxatives to control their weight.

These numbers shatter the stereotype of eating disorders as a problem that only plagues girls and women. LA Times writer Emily Alpert joins the show with more.