A to Z: Eating Disorderenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgEating disorders involve self-critical, negative thoughts and feelings about body weight and food, and eating habits that disrupt normal body function and daily activities.eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia, purge, purging, binge, binging, overeating, weight gain, weight loss, weight fluctuation, forced vomiting12/04/201304/01/201909/02/2019cb430428-b8ef-4a83-be00-6c8a28207912https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eating-disorder.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-disorders.html/">Eating disorders</a> involve self-critical, negative thoughts and feelings about body weight and food, and eating habits that disrupt normal body function and daily activities.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>People with eating disorders may have a fear of gaining weight or be overly concerned about their body shape and weight. They may eat very little all the time, or at times may <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/binge-eating.html/">binge</a> (eat a lot in a short amount of time). They may <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/compulsive-exercise.html/">exercise more than they should</a>, make themselves throw up, or use pills to lose weight.</p> <p>Eating disorders such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-anorexia.html/">anorexia nervosa</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bulimia.html/">bulimia nervosa</a> cause dramatic weight fluctuation, interfere with normal daily life, and can permanently affect health. The cause of eating disorders isn't clear, but doctors believe it involves psychological, genetic, and social factors.</p> <p>While more common in girls, eating disorders can affect boys, too. Kids and teens with eating disorders may feel cold or tired. Some have dizziness or fainting, hair loss, dry skin, and difficulty concentrating. Girls may stop having periods.</p> <p>Early identification and treatment of an eating disorder is important. Without treatment, eating disorders may lead to life-threatening heart problems as well as problems with other organs in the body.</p> <p><img title="illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/P-eatingDisorder-415x233-rd5-enIL.png" alt="illustration" name="5058-EATINGDIS_415X233_RD1_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Treatment for eating disorders should involve a team of experts, including a doctor, therapist, and dietitian. The goals of treatment are to help someone:</p> <ul> <li>stop the unhealthy behaviors</li> <li>achieve and maintain a healthy weight and healthy eating patterns</li> <li>learn ways to change thoughts about his or her body and approach to food</li> </ul> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Anorexia NervosaLearn about anorexia nervosa, a type of eating disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-anorexia.html/e5af7954-481b-48cf-9a12-fb2e6aa559cc
A to Z: BulimiaLearn about eating disorders and complications of negative thoughts about eating, food, and body image.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bulimia.html/170ad7a1-1d57-4525-8ac5-fbbeb1fbd922
Binge Eating DisorderBinge eating is a type of eating disorder. This article for teens explains what it is, how to recognize it, and how to get help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/binge-eating.html/fb5faa9d-1d43-4de7-990d-0a8a821a11fa
Body Dysmorphic DisorderFor some people, worries about appearance become extreme and upsetting, interfering with their lives, a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/body-image-problem.html/3171d598-f999-4481-a898-f300b4aedc8c
Compulsive ExerciseEven though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/compulsive-exercise.html/57728848-9e48-4724-8268-8faa34c0e1c9
Eating DisordersEating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Read about the warning signs, prevention strategies, and ways to help a child with an eating disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-disorders.html/0d56cfd0-b454-4f23-9fa2-0c7fae102171
Encouraging a Healthy Body ImageA healthy and positive body image means liking your body, appreciating it, and feeling grateful for its qualities and capabilities. Parents can help kids develop a healthy body image.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/body-image.html/df88d420-5c9a-4744-8739-3cdb85f1519c
Female Athlete TriadFemale athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea (loss of a girl's period), and osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/triad.html/660b8bc9-8181-412e-a420-cbf191295794
Going to a TherapistWhat's it like to go to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/going-to-therapist.html/98f4f29c-08f9-42ae-84d2-a492759ee506
Taking Your Child to a TherapistMany children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Going to therapy helps them cope better, feel better, and do better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-therapist.html/36c31f3c-0467-4e71-8c7e-c6274c9f2c8f