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Funding sought for research on eating disorders in military

April 24, 2017
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Two members of Congress have led a request that federal research funding be devoted to the examination of eating disorders among members of the military.

A statement last week from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) credits Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) for asking a House subcommittee to include $10 million for eating disorders research in the Department of Defense's Congressional Directed Medical Research Program.

NEDA states that according to one study, one-third of active-duty women in the military demonstrate being at risk of an eating disorder. In addition, children of military families are susceptible to an eating disorder at a higher rate than children in civilian families.

Costello and Pingree this month sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on Defense, with support from 39 House members, to ask that the Defense Department's research program help to identify innovative solutions to the problem of eating disorders in the military. Some of the subject areas with currently funded initiatives under this research program include substance use disorders and Alzheimer's disease.