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Eating Disorders Rising Among Teens

Eating disorders are serious and life-threatening. At some point in their life, 20 million women and 10 million men will be diagnosed with an eating disorder. That’s according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 23- March 1) provides critical information about the severity of these disorders. Education, early intervention, and treatment can provide hope for millions of individuals and their families.
There are several different types of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Oftentimes, people dealing with these disorders have similar symptoms as those with substance use issues, such as cravings, compulsive use and difficulty regulating use and loss of self-control when it comes to the behavior or substance.
The NEDA reports new cases of eating disorders are increasing. Forty percent of anorexia cases are in females ages 15-19. Although many suffer from eating disorders, it can be challenging to recognize the signs that a friend or loved one may be struggling. The NEDA has identified 10 Signs of an Eating Disorder to assist with early intervention:
1- Drastic weight loss
2- Preoccupation with counting calories
3- Need to weigh yourself several times a day
4- Excessive exercise
5- Binge eating or purging
6- Food rituals (i.e. taking tiny bites, skipping food groups, re-arranging food on plate)
7- Avoiding meals or only wanting to eat alone
8- Taking laxatives or diuretics
9- Smoking to curb appetite
10- Persistent view of yourself as fat worsens despite weight loss
It is important to know that individuals struggling with eating disorders need professional help. At River Hills Recovery Center, we have professional staff who can assist your loved one and their family. Recovery is possible. You can call River Hills at 712-202-0777 to learn more about treatment offered.