Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why won’t my teen eat?” If so, it is important to spend some time doing research on some of the most common signs and symptoms of eating disorders among teens. Although your teen may just be going through a phase of not having much of an appetite, he or she may also be suffering from a more serious condition that can’t be brushed off as “just a phase.” Eating disorders can result in serious health consequences, including malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, loss of menstruation, depression, and possibly even death.
Two of the most commonly talked about eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. Simply stated, anorexia is characterized by self-starvation, while bulimia is characterized by a cycle of binge eating and self-induced vomiting. It is important to note that an individual doesn’t need to appear underweight or even “average” to suffer from any of the signs and symptoms of these disorders. Pay attention to if your teen loses a large amount of weight rapidly, is obsessed with counting calories, has a fear of eating around others, or makes negative statements about him or herself after eating.
By keeping a close eye on your teen and looking for common signs and symptoms of eating disorders, you may be able to successfully answer the question, “Why won’t my teen eat.” If you notice a reoccurring dietary problem, seek help right away.