Eating disorders present serious health risks but it is not always obvious that someone may be suffering from one. Body image issues can impact anyone, but when it comes to teenagers it is critical to be able to spot the signs of trouble as early as possible.
Whether it is anorexia or bulimia, eating disorders share some common warning signs. For teenagers, the red flags may include a preoccupation with weight, constant monitoring of their weight on the scale or extreme weight changes.
It is likely that the teen will display a distorted perception of his or her own body image. Other physical signs may be present to indicate a disorder. These could include erosion of tooth enamel, cavities and possibly hair loss.
If you think your teenager may be struggling with an eating disorder, getting the proper treatment as quickly as possible is essential to recovery. Contact Fairwinds to learn about how Dr. Pauline Powers and our staff can help teens recover from eating disorders using our dual diagnosis treatment.