BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- A group of Boulder teenagers is going to Capitol Hill to save lives. Their cause: prevent eating disorders.

Studies show eating disorders are increasing in children. Forty-five percent of boys and girls in elementary schools nationwide say they want to be thinner. Nine percent of 9-year-olds say they’ve purged to lose weight.

Last year, Nicole Boice was set to testify on eating disorders before Congress. She had Anorexia.

“Two days before the lobby day she actually died in her sleep and she was only 21. I don’t think most people know you can die from an eating disorder,” said teen lobbyist Gaelyn Teirney.

Teirney is part of a group of Boulder County teens who will travel to Washington, D.C. in Nicole’s memory. They plan to lobby for a bill that would fund research and education. It would also require insurers to cover treatment of eating disorders.

“This is going to save money in the long run. We’re going to save lives and prevent eating disorders from happening,” said teen lobbyist Olivia Raccuglia.

Members of the Boulder Youth Body Alliance mentor others with eating disorders.

“I’ve heard of doctors who say why don’t you just eat. Just go home and eat a bagel,” said Teirney.

“I actually heard this young boy say he wanted to go on a diet and he was in elementary school,” said teen lobbyist Talia Goldberg.

They believe they can change or even save lives and honor the life of Nicole Boice.

“It’s really about her and fighting so no one else has to go through that,” said Teirney.

The Boulder teens leave Sunday for Washington, D.C. The will meet with members of Colorado’s congressional delegation and testify as part of the National Eating Disorders Coalition.

Comments (3)
  1. druid0621 says:

    We don’t need the government requiring more services to be covered. Government mandates is one of the factors that leads to increased health care costs. They make very little sense for the population as a whole, even though they do make a few folks feel better.

  2. denvervet says:

    I am glad to see teens active in something that makes a difference. Kudos to them. Lets hope they include parents being active in their kids’ cures.

  3. curiousguy says:

    Anorexia parallels cancer in many ways, from the rapid decline to death after a tipping point is reached (and the outrageous costs involved in heroic efforts at that point), to the many ways to prevent it that our society just doesn’t yet embrace.

    Political point – this is where the nanny state does a real disservice – Michelle Obama’s obsession with food, and Michael Bloomberg and everybody in San Francisco, is fuel for the fire for anorexics, who often get “triggered” by food obsessions that validate their own. Many parents of anorexics would give everything they have for their daughter (or son) to eat a salty, fatty hamburger.

    Perhaps both obesity and anorexia are driven by something besides food? When we have some thoughtful people guiding the way instead of reacting, we might find that these kinds of things have a very different root.

    So, even though my knee-jerk is “Boulder liberals’ kids following in their footsteps,” I think this one is spot on, it needs some heavy leverage to move us into understanding and awareness. Too many young people are wasting away, dying before they ever get to live.

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