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Eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy approaches to eating, weight and exercise. But they are more than a refusal to eat healthy; eating disorders are complex psychiatric disorders. If your child has an eating disorder, she also might have problems with self-image, self-esteem and even depression.
As many as 24 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Most of the people who have eating disorders say that their disorder began before they reached age 20. Learn more about eating disorders.
Children’s Health℠ nationally recognized eating disorder specialists focus on caring for children and teens who have eating disorders. We also focus on research that’s trying to identify the genetic causes of eating disorders so that doctors can better target treatments to each individual patient.
Each year on average, more than 185 young people find hope and healing at our Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano. Children and teens suffering from an eating disorder may sometimes feel like they are all alone in dealing with the feelings that they are experiencing. Here, they are supported by their family and a passionate clinical staff, dedicated to treating and caring for the whole child, not just their eating disorder.
When our patients and families arrive, they are given artwork and letters - images of hope and words of strength, all unique messages of encouragement from patients and their families who have participated in the program.