A Prevalent Problem
Child and adolescent eating disorders can take many forms – bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, and others. These illnesses disproportionately affect girls, who are several times more likely to suffer their effects compared to boys.
Whatever the patient’s gender, the fact remains that roughly 3% of all children 18 years and under worldwide have an eating disorder.
Sadly, many of these cases go undiagnosed as patients are reluctant to speak about them with their family. However, knowing the signs and symptoms can help you recognize the problem.
The long-term effects of these diseases can be devastating and include death. Organ failure, heart problems, and severe electrolyte imbalances may also all result from severe eating disorders.