by Kathleen A. Mammel, M.D.
Today, approximately three percent of American teens have an eating disorder. It’s a problem that is far more prevalent than most people think. Almost all young people who have such a disorder exhibit signs that parents can recognize if they just know where to look.
Parent involvement is critical not only in identifying a disorder, but also in helping a teen recover from it. If your child exhibits any combination of the signs below, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.
Signs your child may have an eating disorder include:
- weight loss, failure to gain, or marked fluctuations in weight
- feeling cold when others are not
- dizziness, “blacking out” of vision, or fainting
- chest pain or heart palpitations
- feeling full after little food intake
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