Is She Dying to Be Thin? Could Be an Eating Disorder

Posted on Sep 25, 2013

Young girl sitting at a table with a very small piece of toast and glass of waterEating disorders are dangerous health conditions that occur in people who will do anything to stay slim.

Around 10 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder—and many are children.

Two of the most common conditions are anorexia and bulimia.

Anorexia nervosa: An intense fear of gaining weight and excessive exercise—longer than one hour—while restricting food intake

Bulimia nervosa: Scratches on the knuckles and damage to teeth and gums from vomiting; visiting the bathroom during or after meals to purge; laxative use

Is your teen at risk for anorexia? Find out common risk factors by taking our eating disorders quiz:

Help for eating disorders in Berkeley

Our Adolescent Eating Disorder Program offers a safe and supportive environment for individuals aged 12-17, recovering from an eating disorder.

Located at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Campus (Berkeley), our program is part of the Center for Anorexia and Bulimia, the Bay Area’s only full-spectrum, psychiatric eating disorder program.

If you are concerned about a loved one, talk with a doctor about what you can do. Use our “Find a Doctor” search tool.

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