Undiagnosed eating disorders in kids

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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:43 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Tue Sep 10, 2013.

When a child is overweight, losing the extra pounds may not be the only concern for parents and doctors.

A new study finds children and adolescents, who were once overweight or obese, may be at a higher risk for developing an eating disorder.

Mayo Clinic researchers looked at case studies of children and teenagers who came into the emergency room. They found those who were once overweight or obese represented a large portion of kids being treated for eating disorders, bulimia, anorexia, and binge-eating.

Researchers said early intervention promotes the best chance of recovery, so they’re urging doctors to look for the signs. They said eating disorders should be on a doctor’s radar, regardless of the patient’s weight, Parents should set healthy goals for their child.

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