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Eating Disorders in Teenagers

February 27, 2024

Many teenagers report feeling negative about their bodies and for some, anxieties about appearance morph into eating disorders. It may start with impulsive efforts to diet, which can lead to extreme restriction, or out-of-control eating, or both. For parents it can be tough to tell what’s going on because kids often hide their behavior from their families, and even their friends.

This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and we’re rounding up resources from about eating disorders — how to tell when a teenager may be developing a problem, and how the most effective form of treatment works. Some disorders are hard to spot because kids who have them don’t look exceptionally thin, even if they’re seriously damaging their health. That includes kids with bulimiabinge eating disorder, and atypical anorexia. While the majority of eating disorders still occur in girls, boys are increasingly developing them as they restrict eating to minimize body fat and obsessively work out to increase muscle mass.

– Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 

Related Resources

What Are the Different Kinds of Eating Disorders?

Recognizing the most common ones.


What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

How bingeing and purging affects adolescents and how the disorder is best treated.


What Is Atypical Anorexia Nervosa?

When a teen has a pattern of dangerous weight loss but isn’t underweight.


What Is Binge-Eating Disorder?

And how does it affect children and teenagers?


Boys and Eating Disorders

They don't fit the stereotype, and are often overlooked.


Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders

Parents have a central role in helping children recover.


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