Eating Problems

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MindEd provides free mental health e-learning for anyone who works or volunteers with children, teenagers or young people. The MindEd programme includes free online CAMHS training, counselling courses and mental health resources for teachers and health professionals.

This session describes the range of eating disorders in children and teenagers and explains how to recognise the signs of bulimia, binge eating and anorexia in children. It also covers screening for eating disorders in primary care and the possible interventions that can be applied.

  • In early childhood, eating problems are often seen in children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or in faddy eaters.
  • Teenage girls most often develop life-threatening eating disorders, of which the most common are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
  • Teenagers with anorexia nervosa starve themselves, lose lots of weight and seriously endanger their physical and mental health due to insufficient food intake.
  • Young people with bulimia nervosa binge excessive amounts of food followed by vomiting or other purging behaviours.
  • Eating disorders in young people have good outcomes if treated early.
  • Involving the young person's family in treatment is an important factor for a good outcome.
  • Prevention programmes are more effective if they are multi-session, interactive and delivered to young people at high risk of developing an eating disorder.

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Content provided by MindEd. Author: Mima Simic. Published: March 2014. Review: March 2017.

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