Signs & Symptoms

There are three types of eating disorders and the signs and symptoms may be manifested in different ways. Following are brief descriptions of the forms of eating disorders that may occur in children and teenagers. Detailed descriptions, signs and symptoms, causes, treatment and related information can be found by linking to each disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa or self-starvation is diagnosed when a person weighs 15% less than expected according to growth charts. The youngster is obsessed with being thin, may exercise excessively, has fears about weight gain, an unrealistic image of her body, and possibly a loss or interruption of menstruation. Read more

Bulimia Nervosa or binge eating and purging is not characterized by a specific weight loss, but rather by eating large amounts of food in a short time followed by behaviors to eliminate the food, such as vomiting, laxative use or excessive exercise. The behavior must occur at least twice a week for three months. Read more

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, followed by periods of guilt, which occurs without the purging behavior. Read more