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From TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” to celebrity diets and infomercials touting “two-minute abs,” America is obsessed with how we look.
So it’s sad but not surprising that a negative body image is not uncommon among today’s youth and teens, especially among girls. Sometimes, though, feelings of negative body image and associated unhealthy behaviors spiral out of control. Anorexia nervosa (AN, or simply “anorexia”) is a form of self-starvation, a complicated eating disorder with medical, behavioral and psychological components:
Anorexia, and the malnutrition that results, can damage nearly every organ system in the body, and may be fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important.
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches anorexia nervosa
The Eating Disorders Program at Children’s Hospital Boston provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services every year to more than 200 adolescents with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders. Staffed by expert specialists, the program addresses your child’s medical, nutritional and psychological needs in order to effectively treat her disorder.
Our healthcare team also gives guidance to many providers in the northeastern United States and beyond.
In recognition of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Children's Center for Young Women's Health created a replica of what the Barbie doll's proportions would be if translated to an actual woman.
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