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Eating Disorder in Adolescent

What are Eating Disorders in Adolescents?

Eating Disorders involve the presence of unhelpful eating habits or weight control behaviour that disrupt a person's physical and psychosocial functioning. Serious medical complications, such as heart problems and even death, may result as a consequence.

What are the signs & symptoms of Eating Disorders in Adolescents?
The signs & symptoms of unhelpful eating habits include:
  • Strict dietary rules
  • Restrictive food intake
  • Binge-eating
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Altered mealtime behaviours
The signs & symptoms of unhelpful weight control behaviours include:
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Misuse of laxatives or diuretics
  • Excessive exercise
Persons with Anorexia Nervosa experience the following:
  • Significant low body weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, despite significant low weight
  • Evaluation of self's body weight or shape as much larger or heavier that it is in reality
  • A lack of awareness of current low body weight
  • Restrictive food intake or/and excessive exercise
  • Binge eating or/and purging behaviours
  • Serious medical complications
Persons with Bulimia Nervosa experience the following:
  • Binge-eating
  • A sense of losing control during the binge
  • Recurrent weight control behaviour to compensate for the binge
  • Frequent binge eating and compensatory behaviour (at least once a week for 3 months)
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight
What are the treatment options for Eating Disorders in Adolescents?

Treatment options include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy to establish a pattern of regular eating, and target any unhelpful beliefs and expectations that may be maintaining or worsening the condition.
  • Blood tests and other investigations might be performed to exclude physical complications secondary to the psychiatric condition.
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