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Eating Disorders Among Youth

by Rajshri on  April 24, 2010 at 9:47 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
 Eating Disorders Among Youth
The freedom prevalent in Western society as far as dietary choices are concerned, may sometimes turn into a curse. This is because youth of today have become obsessed with trying to maintain their figures at all costs.
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The prevalence of eating disorders continues to climb mainly due to peer pressure, celebrity hang-ups and media hype. It is estimated that 68% of 15 year old females are on a diet. Disorders like bulimia and anorexia are so common among teens that doctors are struggling to deal with them.

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It is here that parents can play an important role in helping their kids. Children need to be given confidence about their body shape and size. While being overweight is not a good condition, parents must let their kids know that it is not a crime to have a little fat.

They must also help them in maintaining a healthy lifestyle so they do not fall a prey to other illnesses.


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Parents can play an active and positive role in their child's recovery from an eating disorder, if one develops it. Family-based treatment, sometimes called the Maudsley approach, is helpful in treating teens with anorexia and bulimia.
JaneCawley Saturday, April 24, 2010

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