“Anorexia nervosa principally onsets during adolescence, with 14- to 15-years-old being one of the peak periods,” said Zucker, who is also a faculty member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. “If the state of the body is uncoupled from what is important to us, then this period may be a ‘window of opportunity’ for those with anorexia nervosa to engage in behaviors that are starkly in contrast to the body’s need.”
This study’s findings could help design prevention and treatment interventions that hone in on risky decision-making or help adolescents with mental illness rely more on themselves to make decisions.
“Our ability to use our bodies to guide optimal decisions may go through some risky developmental windows,” Zucker said. “Knowing these periods, we can better educate adolescents about how to maneuver the challenges of adolescence.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a teen’s descent into anorexia or about recovery from anorexia.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with food, now and when you were a teen.

Art Prompt: Anorexia nervosa

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about anorexia and tell the the warning signs to look for in a loved one.

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