Eating Disorders: The Eating Issues Problem Solver

Eating disorders are devastating mental illnesses that affect more than 7 million American women. Seventeen is the average age that eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa develop, according to The National Women's Health Resource Center, and between five and ten percent of young people suffer from them. If you suspect that your child is at risk, follow these four steps to help her overcome the problem.

  Get the Facts

Test your knowledge about eating disorders
Startling statistics
What moms need to know
10 important facts (plus 8 key questions answered)

  Understand Your Child

Take this quiz to see if your child is at risk
The 10 most common risk factors
7 likely causes
The long-term consequences

  Help Your Child Heal

How to intervene
3 types of counseling

  Get Support and Advice

Expert advice:
A teen considers purging: "Help me get rid of these thoughts."
A mom worries: "Does my daughter have an eating disorder?"
This teen lost 28 pounds: "Do I have an eating disorder?"

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