Electronic cigarettes, also known as vapes, vaporizers or e-cigarettes, are very popular among young people all over the world. US researchers have analyzed the habits and behaviours of young college students who vape, according to a study that was published in the journal Eating Behavior.
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Connection between vapes and eating disorders
Among the well-known harmful consequences of electronic cigarettes, such as the increased risk of heart disease as well as lung disease, one can also add eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and binge-eating disorder to the list.
The US research team examined a group of almost 51,000 students. Of these, 19% had smoked e-cigarettes in the past 30 days and 25% were at high risk for an eating disorder. Almost 3.7% stated that they suffered from an eating disorder.
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Rise in eating disorders during COVID-19
Jason M. Ngata, an assistant professor at the University of California, told Femme Actuelle magazine:
The study's findings are particularly relevant as we have seen an increase in eating disorder and substance abuse diagnoses during the pandemic.
Teens who have problems with eating disorders or substance abuse should seek help from a doctor.
Since electronic cigarettes are particularly popular among young people, doctors recommend effective solutions, such as educational work for this population group:
Authorities should continue to adopt policies regulating electronic cigarettes to protect the health of young people.