An eating disorder is commonly defined as an all-consuming desire to be thin and/or an intense fear of weight gain.
The most common eating disorders among adolescents are anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Overeating related to tension, poor nutritional habits, and food fads are relatively common eating problems.
Parents frequently wonder how to identify symptoms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. These disorders are characterized by a preoccupation with food and distortion of body image.
Unfortunately, many teenagers hide these severe and sometimes fatal disorders from their families and friends.