The authors look at both the risk factors and the protective factors involved in emotional health, and address the impact of issues such as bullying, social exclusion, loss, and bereavement.
Chapter 2.9: Eating Problems
Why doesn't she just eat! (Sam, brother of anorexic girl)
What Behaviour are We Talking About?
There are several different types of eating disorders which usually begin in adolescence: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity, dysfunctional dysphagia and pervasive refusal syndrome. More young people will be overweight or worried about their looks.
The three main features of anorexia nervosa are:
- determined food avoidance;
- weight loss or failure to maintain the steady weight gain expected for the young person's age. The behaviour of the youngster is often designed to produce this weight loss, e.g. by excessive exercise, vomiting or laxative use;
- preoccupation with weight and shape, often with a distorted body image. There can be a morbid fear of becoming fat.
In most cases the disease starts ...