Your Source for Eating Disorder Information

It's no secret that worries about weight and body image are unfortunately all too common these days.

What is not as widely acknowledged, though, is the degree to which the lives of many adults, teens and adolescents are endangered by obsessions related to their weight, shape and size.

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder can wreak considerable physical and psychological damage on the individuals who are afflicted with these conditions. But, as is the case with many serious illnesses, the devastation of eating disorders also impacts parents, children, spouses, and others who care for or depend upon the afflicted individual.

As with problems such as depression or drug addiction, the first step toward a healthier future involves acknowledging that a problem exists and that the problem is a valid medical condition, not an indication of a personal weakness or a failure of will.

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If you suspect that your child has an eating disorder, it's important to take her for evaluation. Treatment of eating disorders should be started as soon as the problem is recognized-and is most successful if begun in adolescence rather than later in life.

Teens with eating disorders are best treated by a team of professionals. Some of these individuals may include doctors, nurses, psychologists, dietitians or nutritionists and nurses. Treatment should be individualized and may be managed on an outpatient basis. When there are severe medical complications, a short inpatient hospital stay may be required for intensive medical monitoring. When outpatient treatment has failed, long-term residential treatment (care given away from home) is sometimes considered; in fact, this is becoming more common, especially for those with anorexia. Teens who need a residential treatment program do best in an all-teen home-like environment rather than in a program with all ages included.

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