Dr. David Feldman

If you have found yourself rapidly losing weight, becoming obsessed with your figure or adopting some new eating habits that you may find difficult to explain as a teenager, you may have a teen eating disorder. Eating disorders like bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa as well as binge eating disorder can all take a toll on the health of a teenager. If you have a friend who is exhibiting some of the symptoms of an eating disorder or you would like to break the cycle of your own eating disorder here are some ways to address these potential changes and what to look for.

Signs to look for:

  • Weight loss
  • Excessive dieting/calorie counting
  • Excessive eating/extreme overeating
  • Excessive exercise
  • Purging behaviors.
  • Extreme body image issues

teen eating disorderAn eating disordered will generally develop during the young adult years for teenage years and it’s more common in women than men. There is no specific trigger that can cause an eating disorder but in many cases they can happen as a catalyst effective fighting anxiety, depression, extreme emotions as well as from substance abuse. Controlling one’s food, body and exercise habits in some cases feel like the only element of control than an adolescent has and this can lead to some of these unhealthy behaviors.

If you recognize some of these potential symptoms it’s extremely important to find individuals the assistance that they need with an eating disorder. Bulimia and other eating disorders can be treated through the help of cognitive behavior therapy as well as potentially pharmaceutical antidepressants. Work with a friend or ask for help if you are struggling with these conditions as the negative side effects of an eating disorder can be much worse if left untreated.

In extreme cases with anorexia nervosa people can potentially lead themselves into starvation, suffer from kidney problems and abnormal heart rhythms. Sufferers from bulimia can have permanent bleeding in the esophagus as well as extreme acid reflux. Binge eating disorder sufferers can pose a greater risk for a heart condition, digestive problems, diabetes and more.

Seek help if you know someone that is suffering from a potential teen eating disorder or if you have identified some of these symptoms in yourself.