Saturday, July 17, 2010

Treating Children with Eating Disorders

Julie Lesser, MD
Eating Disorders Institute

Ah, the middle school years. For most kids, this is a time for hanging out with friends, exploring new boundaries and becoming a full-fledged teen. But what happens when this period of development is hampered by an uncontrollable fear of gaining weight?

"Eating disorders may take a significant toll at any age, but they're especially dangerous for children ages 13 and younger," says Julie Lesser, MD, Methodist Hospital Eating Disorders Institute. "Changes in diet may impact health more rapidly in children than in adults. Not only are they still growing, but children require adequate fuel to be active, especially if they are participating in organized sports. If they develop an eating disorder, they may become malnourished very quickly." ...finish article

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