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Aug 6, 2014 5:52 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Dieting Young May Lead To Eating Disorders

CORPUS CHRISTI - Girls who begin dieting at a young age may face health problems later in life.

That's according to a new study, which found that the younger the girl was when she began her first diet, the more likely she was to have an eating disorder.

Cassandra Guerra started dieting her freshman year of high school, when she was only 100 pounds.

"It would affect my body," she said. "Also emotionally, I never thought about that. I was just always concerned about being so thin and fitting in... and being popular like all the other girls were."

Now, she teaches classes to encourage kids not to go the unhealthy route she did. She tells them that "healthy is the new thin," and to focus on being fit, not losing weight.

"I feel that if you live a healthier lifestyle," said Guerra. "There would be no need to be on a diet."

Guerra said families should encourage each other to be healthier, together.

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