Eating Disorders Growing In Kids
Many parents do not realize that their children have serious eating disorders until it is too late. Each year millions of young people have problems with things like anorexia, bulimia, or obesity. A recent study found that hospitalizations for kids younger than twelve years old for eating disorders had significantly increased between the years 1999 and 2006. The findings were somewhat disturbing, especially for parents of young children who are around this age. Health officials and psychiatrists say that it is extremely important for parents to recognize all of the usual signs of an eating disorder.
One of the most common and obvious signs that parents can look for is a dramatic loss or gain of weight. Although sometimes this is normal, most of the time a significant change means that something more serious is lying beneath, usually in the form of an emotional problem.
Psychologists say that a majority of eating disorders comes from a lack of self-esteem that is sometimes perpetuated by images that young men and women see in the media of what an ideal body should look like. For years there has been controversy around what kind of body type should be advertised in magazines to promote health and well-being.
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