Childhood Eating Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Children's Eating Disorder Research, Eating Disorder Research, Bulimia Research, Anorexia Research, Binge Eating Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Childhood Eating Disorder Related Research

Children are becoming more conscious about their body when they reach the puberty stage. They are already aware what is fat and what is not, so they begin to have concern about their weight and shape. In a study done on girls 4 grades 3 to 6, it has shown that 80 percent of them are not content with their physical look. This is the cause of what the society tells them that as you get older, you should become more conscious of your appearance which indicates that slim is more beautiful. With this effect to youngster, they tend to diet and avoid foods that will make them fat and larger, thus eating disorder will follow. At the age of 9 to 12, this is the period where signs of eating disorders begin to manifest and parents should also be aware of this critical stage of their children. 5

Even at an early stage where children are conscious with their body weight and shape, there are 30-40 percent of girls at age 9 years old have been on diets and an abrupt increase of 80 percent in girls at age 10 to 16 years old. This critical stage already creates stress in young children as they want to become thinner as they grow older, but what they don’t know is that it’s normal to gain 20 percent of their weight for these pubescent girls.

With this situation, children are not aware of what healthy eating is and childhood dieting begins, which makes it dangerous for them to lose weight unhealthily and to begin eating disorders and obesity when they become an adult. Children also think that the basis of acceptance in society is with having thin body. Children are afraid to become the center of contempt, dislike, and intimidation by their peers. That’s why it is important in a family to eat together with their children and parents should prepare healthy foods during meals to avoid eating fast foods, skipping meals and acquiring eating disorders in the future.

Could You Have Childhood Eating Disorder?

Childhood Eating Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Bulimia Nervosa – binge eating, purging, fasting, excessive eating, uncontrolled eating