Health Watch — Childhood Obesity: Thin Obsession

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about childhood obesity. While more and more kids are overweight, the opposite is also a problem. Media images of ultra-thin models and actresses have created unhealthy attitudes in many young girls.

Dr. Stephanie Setliff, a psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center who specializes in eating disorders, says she’s diagnosing younger and younger girls — as young as 7 — with eating disorders that usually strike teens. She suggests that parents be on the lookout for warning signs of eating disorders, such as an obsession with food or exercise, wearing clothing that hides the body, changes in sleep patterns, and frequent trips to the bathroom, especially after meals.


April 2007

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