I’ve been a girl transported by an ambulance 5 times due to an eating disorder. During my freshman year of high school (2016), I developed an a eating disorder called Female Athlete Triad, which caused me lose 35 pounds, my hair and my period for over a year. Only eating 700 calories a day, I […]
Eating disorders are more common than you’d think. In fact 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. The Eating Disorder Program at Akron Children’s Hospital is growing to meet the needs of these families according to the Medical Director of Adolescent Medicine Dr. Stephen Sondike in a recent […]
Although it’s the physical toll that is most apparent, eating disorders are often the result of a person’s self image. In this Children’s Channel video, Jessica Castonguay, DO, MPH, an adolescent medicine physician at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of these potential dangerous conditions. “People with eating disorders experience changes in body […]
It’s common for teens to be concerned about how they look and to feel self-conscious about their weight. That goes for girls and boys. During puberty, kids’ bodies change dramatically and they face mounting social pressures, like dating, making friends and fitting in. But when these concerns become obsessions or begin to involve abnormal behaviors […]
We’ve all been there. We’ve finished a whole bag of potato chips out of boredom, ate right from the ice cream container after a breakup or downed cookie after cookie while cramming for a big test. This is emotional eating, using food as a way to deal with feelings, instead of satisfying hunger. When done […]
For teenage girls, the desire to be thin and fit in may be the basis for a strict regimen of diet and exercise. Taken too far, it may be an indication that they’re struggling with an eating disorder.