Eating Disorder in Children Sets Dangerous Path

More and more younger children have access to magazines and television programs that seems to glorify that unless they are super-skinny, they are fat. This can also cause an eating disorder in children as they strive for acceptance by their peers and adults. Most children are simply trying to please their parents or other influential adults in their life, their appearance, or the perception they have of their appearance, plays a major part. These ideas of how they look can manifest themselves into an eating disorder in children.

Eating Disorder in Children

It is dangerous for people to get eating disorders. But everything starts from the young age itself. Having a parent or close relative seems to increase the possibility of seeing an eating disorder in children manifest itself at a younger age. Competitive activities such as sports, dancing or competitive modeling also plays a role in developing an eating disorder in children.

Many children suffer from eating disorders. These disorders are serious and must be attended. Eating is truly important for your life. If you live a healthy life by eating properly, it is really very good for you. There are many disorders that happen in your body merely because you do not eat properly. Both under nutrition and over nutrition is bad for health.

There are many different eating disorders out there today, but the two most popular would be that of the anorexia and bulimia eating disorder. The anorexia and bulimia eating disorder are the two which are the most common by far, as well as the two that are the most well known.

You must know that anorexia and bulimia eating disorder are two different things. Anorexia is an eating disorder, in which the person does not eat any food, and usually is a result of stress or unhappiness, and is the person's way of dealing with these emotions. The person's appetite falls and he does not feel like eating. Bulimia, on the other hand, is an eating disorder in which the sufferer eats a large amount of food in a relatively short period of time and then purges it back up. There is no control over hunger. It has been found that both these have psychological reasons behind eating disorders.

Often the child is unhappy or depressed about something and then they don't mean to but these emotions affect the way they eat, and then before they know it, they have an eating disorder. They tend to behave in a different way. Sometimes depression lead to over eating and some times it leads to not eating properly.

Some people do not even realize that they have a problem until it is too late. Often times an eating disorder will sort of sneak into a person's life, in that they and often times everyone else as well will not even notice a difference, or notice that there is something wrong, until it is too late and too far gone.

While no one is certain of the exact causes of eating disorders, peer pressure and a child's self-esteem are note-worth considerations. Children who have one parent with an eating disorder also seem more susceptible to develop their own problems, as they tend to mimic the adult figures in their life.

Most females will show signs of anorexia nervosa between 13 and 15 years of age and may show signs again around 18 or 19. Having this eating disorder in children as young as 10 can cause serious health problems, as their young bodies aren't getting the nutrition they need for healthy growth.

Some teens with anorexia also exhibit signs of bulimia nervosa with binge eating followed by periods of purging. Some researchers say they will binge eat to cover up the anorexia and then purge to make sure they don't gain any weight. They feel this hides the eating disorder from their parents as well as their peers.

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