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Identifying Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders: Recommendations From the AAP

Identifying Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders: Recommendations From the AAP

Eating disorders among adolescents and children are a growing problem in the United States; the number of cases has steadily increased over the last 50 years. Up to 5% of female adolescents have bulimia nervosa, and an estimated 0.5% have anorexia nervosa.1 To better identify eating disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics advocates the routine use of screening questions for all preteen and adolescent patients (Table). Regular evaluation of weight, height, and body mass index against age-appropriate norms is also recommended.

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1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Adolescence. Identifying and treating eating disorders. Pediatrics. 2003;111:204-211.
 
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