Eating disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses among adolescents.
They are also one of the most difficult to overcome. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses.
The symptoms can range from extreme weight loss or gain to an obsessive preoccupation with food, calories, and dieting.
But even if you think your teen is not at risk for developing an eating disorder, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms so you can help them seek treatment if they need it.
The following article will review some key facts about teen eating disorders, as well as provide steps you c
Facts about teen eating disorders
Take steps to protect your teen Signs of teen eating disorders:
Are your teen missing meals? Are they hungry all the time? Are they vomiting or passing out from low blood sugar? If so, it may be a sign of anorexia nervosa, which is characterized by weight loss.
Anorexia nervosa can lead to heart problems, kidney problems, high blood pressure and other complications.
Your teen may not tell you about the effects of anorexia, but her friends, or even her doctors, may notice that she is not eating.
Is your teen depressed or anxious? Has she cut herself or tried to hide body scars? If so, she may be depressed.
She may also be in denial about being depressed. A variety of mental illnesses can affect a teen, including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Signs and symptoms of teen eating disorders
In general, teenage eating disorders are defined as a pathological relationship with food, leading to a distorted perception of the body and distorted eating behavior.
These behaviors can include denial about food, excessive exercise, avoiding social situations, or binge eating.
At a young age, eating disorders can present as other behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression, or eating disorders that cause a child to abstain from the expression of emotions.
Offer help to soothe the symptoms
An eating disorder is a complicated disorder. Many teens experience excessive anxiety about food.
They may start by obsessing over calorie intake and goal weight, but this can lead to other distorted thoughts and behaviors.
Some common ways in which a teen may be worried about food include: Avoiding eating Obsessing over food choices Experiencing stomach aches or pains Avoiding eating outside of the home Listing out food they have eaten Continuously worrying about weight and body image concerns may be linked to body dissatisfaction or poor body image, but if a teen continues to be concerned about their appearance and avoids eating, it may be a sign of an eating disorder.
As with any other chronic illness, there are multiple factors that play a role in the development of eating disorders.
For teens, it is important to know the risk factors, know the signs and symptoms, and seek appropriate treatment for your teen if they do develop an eating disorder.
Understanding adolescent eating disorders Adolescence is a time when teens go through a lot of changes.
During this time, teens can experience increased stress levels and increased awareness of their bodies.
Teens may also struggle to deal with friendships, family relationships, and social responsibilities.
A person’s brain continues to mature until age 25, and during this period the brain’s frontal lobes are continuing to develop.