Recognizing signs of eating disorders in children, adolescents

February 23, 2015 5:14 AM

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Dieting behavior is everywhere. For many, careful eating is part of the balancing act that keeps people healthy and strong. None of this goes unnoticed by impressionable children and teens who, in an effort to be "socially accepted" and to emulate their favorite celebrities, may fall victim to taking diet and exercise to extremes — resulting in potentially life threatening behaviors.

"Many people — particularly young people — struggle with body image concerns, and may restrict what they eat in an effort to manage their thoughts about body shape and weight," says Dr. Evelyn Attia, Director of the Center for Eating Disorders at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "But when the problem ...

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