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Tackling eating disorders

MAAYAN JAFFE | JNS.org | Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:00 am

Temimah Zucker, 24, is a modest young woman with an equally modest frame. But her smile, vitality and drive fill a room. Her message and mission – that eating disorders are an expanding challenge in the Jewish community and need to be tackled head on – is not always a popular one, but it is a calling for which she has an intense passion. It is also a fight she knows could save lives.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, according to the Journal of American Psychiatry. A report by the Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders states that as many as 20 percent of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder.

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