What Parents Should Know About Symptoms Of Eating Disorders In Teens
One topic that is rarely discussed enough is eating disorders. Especially in teens, they can be a struggle that can go on for years and sometimes have devastating consequences. You may be constantly on the lookout for signs that your teen may need help, but what should you look for? Here is some information that may help you identify some of the symptoms of eating disorders in teens.
Anorexia is an eating disorder where the individual starves themselves, often as a result of a misconstrued body image. Due to the lack of nutrition, your teen may start to slough off weight very quickly, may lose their menstrual cycle, their hair may become thin, and they may be easily fatigued. If your teen starts obsessing over counting calories, exercises in excess, never wants to eat, or starts displaying odd behaviors while eating, you would be wise to get a doctor’s opinion.
Another eating disorder is Bulimia. In this case, your teen will eat quite a bit of food, but avoid the caloric intake by inducing vomiting or using laxatives. Affecting teens in every weight category, it can be difficult to spot at first. People often assume that symptoms of eating disorders in teens means excessive weight loss, but that is not always the case. You may notice scars on the fingers or hands (which are caused from purging), damage to the teeth, gums, and potentially the esophagus, heartburn, or sudden irregularity in their menstrual cycle. You may discover that your teen overeats and then disappears into a bathroom immediately after, that they are extremely focused on dieting, and you may even find food or signs of food hidden in their rooms.
If you notice potential signs that your teen may be struggling with one of these disorders, seeking professional help is crucial. By knowing the symptoms of eating disorders in teens, more parents can give their children the help and support they need.