Punta Gorda Teens At Risk For Eating Disorders
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Despite decades of increased awareness in Naples about the dangers of a distorted body image and extreme dieting, eating disorders are still a serious problem.
A recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study revealed disturbing facts about eating disorders among children.1 According to the report, 0.5 percent of teenage girls in the country are estimated to have anorexia. The bulimia rate among adolescent girls is estimated at more than double that at 1 to 2 percent.
Though anorexia and bulimia are usually thought of as a problem for adolescents, Punta Gorda parents should be aware that even young Naples children are at risk, as well as males, though the rates are lower.
Florida pediatricians can help Punta Gorda parents with children affected by an eating disorder. The AAP recommends a combination approach for the treatment of eating disorders in children. Treatment plans usually include nutritional guidance
and psychiatric counseling along with the appropriate medical care.
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1‘News Highlights,’ American Academy of Pediatrics, November, 22, 2010, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/november2910studies.htm, accessed on Oct 14, 2011
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