Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

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  • In addition, bulimia can also lower blood levels of . This can lead to dangerous, abnormal heart rhythms.

    Treating bulimia

    Treatment aims to break the binge-and-purge cycle. Treatments may include the following:

    • antidepressants medication
    • behavior modification
    • individual, family, or group therapy
    • nutritional counseling

    Binge eating in children and teens

    Binge eating is similar to bulimia. It includes chronic, out-of-control eating of large amounts in a short time, even to the point of discomfort. However, binge eaters do not purge the food through vomiting or other means. As a result, they tend to become overweight or obese.

    Binge eaters may be struggling to handle their emotions. Anger, worry, stress, sadness, or boredom may trigger a binge. Often, binge eaters are upset about overeating and may become depressed.

    The excess weight caused by binge eating puts your son or daughter at risk of these health problems:

    Treating binge eating

    Treatments include the following:

    • behavioral therapy
    • medications, including antidepressants
    • psychotherapy