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New research suggests that a growing number of teens are battling an eating disorder and it’s becoming a huge problem, bigger than we used to think.  More than half a million teenagers in this country are suffering from some type of eating disorder and the majority of these teens are not seeking treatment.  This is according to new research form the National Institute of Mental Health.  The majority of these teenagers have one other psychiatric condition that includes suicidal thoughts.  So that's concerning.  Many of these teens problems go undetected for years due to the secrecy and shame that goes along with the illness.

We’re talking about eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating.  Researchers found that binge eating was the most common disorder among young people - affecting more than 1.5% of the children studied.  Just less than 1% had suffered with bulimia and less than half a per cent experience anorexia.  Overall, 3% of the study group suffered life-long affects of their disorder.

Eating disorders can affect both sexes.  The research team found anorexia was prevalent in both sexes, whereas bulimia and binge-eating were more prevalent in girls.   More than a million men and boys also battle with eating disorders every day.

Children often hide their eating disorder and bulimia can be especially hard to detect.  Look for warning signs like concerns over body image, leaving the table shortly after eating and disappearing into the bathroom, tooth problems from excessive vomiting, and sores on the mouth and tongue. 

If you are concerned that your child may be developing an eating disorder, it is important to seek medical care. This is especially true if there is a history of eating disorders in your family.

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