For many children, body dissatisfaction emerges very early in life; a recent study found that over half of girls ages 6-12 are concerned about their weight. Whether a child meets full criteria for an Eating Disorders in Children or not, early body dissatisfaction can inhibit a child’s ability to fully enjoy and participate in daily experiences, and can have serious implications in later life. Early intervention is critical.
Evidence-based treatments for children with eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, or problematic eating patterns begin with a careful, age-appropriate assessment to determine the extent, impact, and function of the symptoms. Treatment then involves psychoeducation for the child and family, and, in most cases, intervention by a multi-disciplinary team, including a behavioral therapist, dietician, medical doctor, and/or psychopharmacologist. While some children may be treated effectively for disorders at the outpatient level of care, others may first require referral to a higher level of care (such as a hospital, residential treatment center, or intensive day program) to ensure safety and medical stability.
Eating disorders in childrens can cause health problems in the short, medium and long term, so it is important to identify behavior patterns that may indicate that the child, young person or adult is suffering from eating disorders. You can consult our specialists to find a reliable diagnosis and appropriate therapy for each of the cases and ages of patients with eating disorders. Get advice from our therapists so you can avoid physical or mental health problems that may be irremediable or that may worsen the diagnosis
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