Teens and preteens are often very concerned about their bodies and their weight. This makes sense, since their bodies are going through big changes.
But it can be even harder to deal with body changes when TV and magazines show unrealistic images of what the "ideal" teen body should look like. The stress of trying to look like the "ideal" is partly to blame for eating disorders. These include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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