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13 Signs Your Teen May Have an Eating Disorder

  By Sandra Knispel
  Tuesday, June 5, 2018

About 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from eating disorders, which range from the more commonly known anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa to the lesser known binge-eating and avoidant-restrictive-food-intake disorders. Untreated, these disorders can lead to grave and possibly fatal medical problems, including heart arrhythmia, tachycardia, and heart attacks. Among psychiatric disorders, eating disorders have the highest fatality rate. Teenagers are especially at risk and early intervention is key.

UR Nursing professor and eating disorder specialist Mary Tantillo is the co-author of the book Understanding Teen Eating Disorders: Warning Signs, Treatment Options, and Stories of Courage(Routledge, 2018). Here she offers 13 red flags:

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