Dr. Henry Anhalt talks about body weight disorders in Adolescence
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Male Speaker: They may not be really overweight when they become underweight and they go through extremes they will take laxatives etc. vomit after meals. Is such a thing exists and how do we approach that and is there anything we can do so it doesn’t happen? Dr Henry Anhalt: One thing that’s quite clear is this observed strange opposites of the extremes in our society today. While we are seeing a significant rise in overweight amongst the children, teens, adolescence and adults, we are also seeing paradoxically children trying to become thinner because of this modelling after Hollywood models and of course both sides of this coin represent eating disorders that are quite dangerous to a child’s life. It’s important to remember that anorexia and bulimia nervosa are quite prevalent in society today and they are perhaps one of the most difficult to uncover because of the shame and the way that children hide this kind of behavior. Certainly, if parents are concerned or friends have raised concern, I urge parents to seek appropriate help so that their children can receive the appropriate treatment that they need because this could be a very, very serious disorder that can lead to tragic consequences if not appropriately dealt with.