Teenage years, a stage marked by intense changes, brings with it a great deal of anxiety, stress and confusion. In addition to hormonal changes, a teen undergoes various physical transformations, often accompanied by feelings of low self-esteem, self-consciousness, and comparison with peers. During this period, often eating disorders become a coping mechanism for them to gain control of helpless situations. However, instead of realizing the seriousness of the disorder, teens often become experts in concealing their behavior.
Over time, feelings of shame and guilt only worsen the symptoms. The longer the disorder continues, the more reinforced are the unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior. When left untreated, young people with eating disorders are at a risk of sudden death due to following reasons:
- Stomach rupture
- Vital organ failure
- Depression and suicide
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Accidental drug overdose
- Seizure, coma and brain death
- Substance use-related injuries
Though a complex illness, eating disorders in teens are treatable. A recommended treatment of eating disorders involves a multidisciplinary approach consisting of nutrition education, life skills training, counseling sessions and experiential therapies.
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