Eating disorders can often be hard for parents to recognize because many teens can have unusual eating habits. With eating disorders, you are looking for abnormal eating habits that can present in a variety of ways, including missed or skipped meals, excessive eating, whether consistently or intermittently, becoming sick after eating, significant exclusion of types of food or food groups and even excessive exercise or inappropriate usage of medications that can influence a teen's metabolism. Eating disorders occur when these abnormal eating habits persist for prolonged periods of time and result in negative effects on physical, physiological, and social health and functioning.

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