Eating disorders in children on the rise

By: Dr Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Our country’s obsession with weight and dieting may be taking a toll on young kids, especially boys and minorities.  According to the the American Academy of Pediatrics, an increasing number of children are being admitted to hospitals because of eating disorders.  Hospitalizations increased a whopping 119% between 1999 and 2006 for children younger than 12 years of age.  Eating disorders don’t only affect affluent white females; minorities and boys can develop them too.  Pediatricians are now being urged to do routine screenings for potential signs of eating disorders and stress healthy eating and exercise for kids, rather than focusing on weight.

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