If you notice a significant change in your adolescent’s weight it is important to address it in a comforting way. It is important to be supportive and to listen. Make yourself more involved in what has been happening recently in your adolescent’s life to see if there might be a correlation. Some examples of eating disorders include:
Anorexia nervosa- where people think they are too heavy, but they really are quite thin and they try to starve themselves or eat very little for fear of gaining weight.
Bulimia- is binge eating in which people use excessive exercise, throwing up, laxatives or diuretics as a way of controlling weight.
Compulsive overeating- is a condition in which people eat more and more and become heavier and heavier. This kind of eating is not because of hunger, but for many different reasons such as being upset or worried about something, needing attention or not feeling good about one’s self.
Did you know? Both males and females have been diagnosed with having eating disor- ders. Athletes have also been known to have eating disorders. Eating too much food or not eating enough food can have harmful conse- quences. Overeating, excessive dieting, vomiting or using laxatives and diuretics to control weight and a disturbed body image are early warn- ing signs that something may be going on with your adolescent.
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