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Eating Disorder in Adolescent


Eating disorders involve the presence of unhelpful eating habits or weight control behaviour that disrupts a person’s physical and psychosocial functioning. Serious medical complications, such as heart problems and even death, may result as a consequence. 

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The signs and symptoms of unhelpful eating habits include:

  • Strict dietary rules
  • Restrictive food intake
  • Binge-eating
  • Food preoccupation with food
  • Altered mealtime behaviours


The signs and symptoms of unhelpful weight control behaviours include:

  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Misuse of laxatives or diuretics
  • Excessive exercise


Persons with Anorexia Nervosa experience the following:

  • Significant low body weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, despite significant low weight.
  • Evaluation of self’s body weight or shape as much larger or heavier that it is in reality.
  • A lack of awareness of current low body weight.
  • Restrictive food intake or/and excessive exercise.
  • Binge eating or/and purging behaviours.
  • Serious medical complications.


Persons with Bulimia Nervosa experience the following:

  • Binge-eating.
  • A sense of losing control during the binge.
  • Recurrent weight control behaviour to compensate for the binge.
  • Frequent binge eating and compensatory behaviour (at least once a week for 3 months)
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight. 



  • Cognitive behavioural therapy to establish a pattern of regular eating, and target any unhelpful beliefs and expectations that may be maintaining or worsening the condition.
  • Blood and other investigations might be performed to exclude physical complication secondary to the psychiatric condition 

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