Kids’ eating problems could warn of mental issues

Posted on October 13, 2014

A new study warns parents that childhood eating problems could predict underlying psychological issues. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that common psychological and physical factors linked to the developmental period, are involved in the development of an eating disorder that can appear before puberty.

Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but this study indicates that the problem can arise much earlier. It is possible that it is currently under-diagnosed due to a lack of awareness and investigation.

There is a presence of multiple mental health issues in association with an eating disorder is not a surprise. In addition to eating problems, many children suffered from other problems including anxiety, mood disorders and attention deficits.

The study also proves that eating disorders are not a “girl problem” as boys in the same age group were found to be similar to girls in most cases.

The one exception to the similarity between boys and girls is that social isolation was more prevalent and lasted longer among boys.

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Source material from Psych Central

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