Eating disorders can be complex and hard to identify and treat in children and teens, but the earlier an eating disorder is detected, the better chance of a healthy outcome for a young patient.

Studies have shown a delay in identifying boys and young men with eating disorders because of a perception that this is a female disorder. Boys and young men may be focused on leanness, weight control, and muscularity, and signs that indicate a possible eating disorder may include purging, use of ​muscle-building supplements, substance abuse, and depression.

The mean age of a child with an eating disorder is 12.5 years old, according to the report.

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If you or a family member are concerned about a possible eating disorder please contact our clinic at 949-2970 or email us at [email protected].