Eating Disorders

Are you worried that a friend or family member might have an eating disorder?

There are three major eating disorders that can be found in children and teens. These disorders can cause serious changes in eating habits, which can lead to life threatening health problems. The three main types of disorders are:  Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating. 

Anorexia is a condition in which a child refuses to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of becoming fat. Bulimia is the condition in which a child grossly overeats (binging) and then purges everything eaten by vomiting or using laxatives to prevent weight gain. Binge Eating is a habit of gorging rapidly on food, but without purging. 

In children and teens, it’s not uncommon for eating disorders to overlap. For example, alternating between bouts of anorexia and bulimia. It’s not certain what cause eating disorders, but a combination of biological, behavioral, and social factors is suspected. Findings show that children and teens with eating disorders display problems with the following issues: 

  • distress
  • fear of becoming overweight
  • feelings of helplessness
  • low self-esteem

To combat these issues, children and teens may adopt the harmful eating habits. Doctors find that these habits usually go hand-in-hand with several psychiatric problems:

All of these eating disorders in children and teens can lead to a serious set of physical complications, including death. If you worry that you child is struggling with one or all of these, call your Health Care Professional immediately. Your child will need treatment to help restore normal eating habits. 

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