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The school a girl attends can affect her chance of being diagnosed with an eating disorder.

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That's the conclusion of research carried out by a joint UK-Swedish team. The results are published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Researchers from Oxford University, UCL, the University of Bristol, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm used routinely collected data from Sweden to take account of individual factors that would make someone more likely to develop an eating disorder. Even after accounting for these factors, there were still differences in the rates of eating disorder according to the school attended.

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