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Teens invited to learn about eating disorders

Program teaches teens to embrace their bodies

In an effort to bring awareness about eating disorders in teens, ClubSport Oregon will present its fifth annual teenEDGE for everyBODY night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 16.

The event is designed for teens to have fun while creating awareness about eating disorders. Cost is $20 per person, and all proceeds benefit the National Eating Disorders Foundation.

The epidemic of eating disorders is most often developed during adolescence, which is why ClubSport is providing the opportunity to engage and interact with teens. According to ANAD.org (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) 86 percent of students report onset of eating disorders by age 20, and 43 percent report onset between ages 16 and 20.6.

Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents, and one in 10 cases of these disorders involve males, who are less likely to be diagnosed early with an eating disorder by doctors.

This event is for boys and girls ages 11-18, and takes place at ClubSport, 18120 S.W. Lower Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin. The first 50 participants to sign up will receive a cool color-changing water bottle. Participants can win prizes, play games on the EDGE, ClubSport’s turf grass and track area, while being entertained by a live DJ. Refreshments will also be served.

In the past, the norm has been to look the other way at gyms when excessive exercise and other warning signs begin to appear. ClubSport provides a unique opportunity to educate and recognize the behaviors that often contribute to eating disorders.

Through positive reinforcement and not overemphasizing the importance of thinness and appearance, this night is designed to empower youth to be strong, confident and powerful.

ClubSport’s teenEDGE coach Shoshana Gordon aims to make a fun evening of working out and playing games while educating teens about eating disorders. Teens may register at the club or call 503-968-4555 to sign up.