Eating disorders

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How to Spot an Eating Disorder in Your Teen

7 Warning Signs to Watch For

7 Warning Signs to Watch For

Eating disorders are serious illnesses — and they’re more common than you might think. Up to 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder, with teens and young adults being especially at risk — 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 26. While eating disorders are much more common in young women, boys and men can suffer as well. Learn how to spot the signs of an eating disorder in your teen and when to seek help.

By Carolyn Dickey. Updated July 8, 2015. Published May 21, 2013. Carolyn is a second-year graduate student studying health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia.
Reviewed by Shira Goldenholz, MD, MPH on July 8, 2015