Eating disorders

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How to Spot an Eating Disorder

Seven Warning Signs to Watch For

Seven Warning Signs to Watch For

Eating disorders are serious illnesses — and they’re more common than you might think. In the U.S., nearly 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder. And teens and young adults are especially at risk — 95 percent of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 26. Though they’re much more common in young women, boys can suffer from eating disorders, as well. Learn how to spot the signs of an eating disorder in your teen — plus, when to get help. 

By Carolyn Dickey. Published May 21, 2013. Carolyn Dickey is a second year graduate student studying health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia. She is an avid reader with a passion for writing about health-related issues.