Eating Disorders in 7.7% of Estonian Women
As the first study of its kind in Estonia, a fresh doctor's dissertation at the University of Tartu studied eating disorder trends in the nation.
Kirsti Akermann's research found that 7.7 percent of women and 1 percent of men in Estonia have eating disorders, wrote Eesti Päevaleht.
The number of overweight adult Estonians decreased in the 1990s; however, it began rising in the 2000s. In 2008, 56 percent of men and 45 percent of women were overweight, according to the Institute for Health Development. The share of overwieght schoolchildren increased from 6.1 percent in 2008 to 9.6 in 2009.
Experts equate eating disorders – such as anorexia, bulimia and overeating – with other addictions. Likewise, many people do not look for help to overcome the problems.