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Does Your Teen Struggle with Body Image?

Does Your Teen Struggle with Body Image?

Do you have a teen that’s obsessed with the number on the scale? Have you noticed changes in their eating habits? Let’s take a look at tips to help you determine if your teen may be suffering from an eating disorder.

eating disordersAccording to an article at peacetimesonline.com, “Teen and Eating Disorder Topics”

“I will never be thin enough” is the message that gets put into young girl’s minds when they start their teenage years. Anorexia Nervosa is the name for the broad term with symptoms consisting of:

• Inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low.
• Intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain.
• Self-esteem overly related to body image.
• Inability to appreciate the severity of the situation.
• Binge-Eating/Purging Type involves binge eating and/or purging behaviors during the last three months.
• Restricting Type does not involve binge eating or purging.

Underneath the broad umbrella of Anorexia Nervosa, there are several equally as harmful disorders.
Bulimia Nervosa consists of:

• Frequent episodes of consuming very large amount of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting.
• A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes.
• Self-esteem overly related to body image.
Other types include:
• Atypical anorexia nervosa (weight is not below normal)
• Bulimia nervosa (with less frequent behaviors)
• Binge-eating disorder (with less frequent occurrences)
• Purging disorder (purging without binge eating)
• Night eating syndrome (excessive nighttime food consumption)
• Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
• Pica
• Rumination Disorder
• Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder” To read the entire article click here.

If you suspect that your child is suffering from an eating disorder contact ABC Nutrition Services at 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com to schedule an appointment.

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