Los Angeles, California hit a milestone of 10 million people in 2013. This statistic would place LA as the 88th most populous country in the world on its own! Though the growth is significant for LA residents, the number of eating disorders in the county has also skyrocketed in the last few years. According to psychotherapist Irene Rubaum-Keller, there are a disproportionate number of anorexics and bulimics in Los Angeles, especially amongst females (Rubaum-Keller, 2010). People travel to Hollywood from all over the world. Residents regularly run into celebrities at the gym or local market. Life in LA almost guarantees the constant presence of thin and beautiful people. Residents in LA, and those who are thinking about relocating there, must be sure they have a strong sense of self and healthy body image. The data below shows the growth rates amongst people in the United States, people in LA, and females in LA. Clearly, all three demographics are on the rise. It is no surprise, then, that cases of eating disorders are also increasing.




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