Teen Eating Disorder
The problem of teen eating
disorder is on the rise and it is a very serious issue
that not only affects the teen with the eating disorder
but the entire family. Be sure to
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Teen Eating Disorder -
on the rise
According to the National Eating Disorders
Association, 10 million females are currently dealing
with eating disorders such as anorexia, and bulimia. It
is also estimated that 25 million more are struggling
with the bingeing and purging disorder. Among these
disorders, however, anorexia is the most prevalent and
has become a pandemic in our society. Yes, teen eating
disorders are on the rise.
While these statistics are frightening, you as a parent
can recognize the signs and help prevent your child from
becoming a statistic. Letís focus in on anorexia, since
it is the most serious and debilitating of all eating
Here are the teen eating disorder signs and symptoms
to look out for in your child.
1. Is she losing weight at an alarming rate?
2. Are her clothes too big for her?
3. Has she taken on a paler look?
4. Is she spending more time in her room than usual?
5. Does she make excuses for not eating dinner with the
6. When she does sit at the table for family dinner,
does she move the food around her plate simulating that
she is eating.
7. Have you heard her comment she is too fat?
8. Does she seem lethargic and guarded?
9. Is she having many unusual mood swings?
If you notice any of these signs, your teen is probably
anorexic. To be certain, you would have to confront her
at a time when she is just coming out of the shower or
bath so that you can look at her body. Then, you can
confirm your suspicions. Remember, you can place your
preteen in front of a mirror to show them they are not
fat, but fat is all they see. You canít convince them
As an anorexic, your child will experience dizziness and
fainting spells. Symptoms will advance including damage
to her kidneys, her menstruation will cease, and her
muscles will begin to feed her body. Finally, upon
diagnosis, the doctor may recommend hospitalization
wherein she would have to be tube-fed, followed by
Teen eating disorders are on the rise, and they can be a
devastating consequence to a childís early perception of
what they think they look like. Karen Carpenter and
other famous celebrities succumbed to anorexia at young
ages, and it is important for all parents to become
knowledgeable on all eating disorders which may affect
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