Adolescence is an important time when the child's health and nutritional needs are increased due to growth and body composition changes. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other nonspecific eating disorders can have severe related psychological and medical conditions. Heart disease, obesity and diabetes are just a few conditions related to eating disorders. Some physical signs of eating disorders may include low blood pressure, low body temperature, dry hair and skin, absent or abnormal menstrual periods, heart murmurs, edema, callouses on the backs of the hands, loss of tooth enamel, and abnormal weight. Some psychological symptoms that are associated with eating disorders are increased stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and suicidal ideation. It is important to know that not all children with eating disorders exhibit these signs. An evaluation by your child's doctor may be helpful in assessing the severity of any symptoms in order to establish an appropriate intervention.
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