An eating disorder may also negatively impact the body’s ability to get nutrition. Check out these signs to look out for:
While many eating disorders are diagnosed in the teen and early adult years, a person of any age can struggle with an eating disorder. In some cases, women who previously struggled with eating habits may return to the behavior postpartum. The Mayo Clinic defines an eating disorder as a serious condition related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions, and your ability to function in important areas of life. Eating disorders may harm the body, including the heart, digestive system, bones, teeth and mouth, as well as leading to other health and social issues. An eating disorder may also negatively impact the body’s ability to get nutrition.
Diagnosis of an eating disorder may occur through a physical exam, psychological evaluation, or other studies. Treatment may include psychotherapy, weight normalization and nutrition education, or in extreme cases, hospitalization may be required. If you think your child may have an eating disorder, you should speak with their health care provider.
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